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Annual quiz night raises money for ward 10

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Standing fourth left Vikki Brannan (Russell’s daughter), senior charge nurse Jennifer Brown, Russell Brannan with staff from ward 10.

Dundee man Russell Brannan donated £600 to ward 10 at Ninewells Hospital.

Former patient Russell held his annual quiz and raffle night to raise money for ward 10 at Ninewells to thank staff for looking after him when he was treated on the ward.

The quiz night held at Craigie Bowling Club also had a raffle with prizes donated from local businesses.

Russell said, “I was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2017. As part of my treatment I had an operation and the staff on ward 10 looked after me. Everyone there is really nice and they took very good care of me.

“I wanted to thank everyone for all their hard work and dedication. I am undergoing chemotherapy just now so the quiz night was a great distraction.”

Accepting the donation, senior charge nurse Jennifer Brown said, “Thank you to Russell for all his hard work fundraising for ward 10. We very much appreciate his ongoing support and kind donation.”

Friends of a young cyclist donated £200 to high dependency unit at Ninewells

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L-R: Cadeyrn Harris, Ricky Rae and Ross Hay

The friends of 12-year-old Ricky Rae raised £450 after setting up a GoFundMe page to buy a replacement bike for Ricky when his bike was wrecked when he collided with a bus.

Ricky’s mum Suzan Gilham said, “Ricky was cycling his bike home from school when he came off the pavement and collided with the bus. He was taken to hospital with head injuries and a broken wrist.

“Ricky’s friends Cadeyrn Harris, Ross Hay and Ross Mollison decided they wanted to buy a replacement bike for him. Halfords kindly donated £150 towards to the new bike so with the money that was left over we decided to donate it to HDU.”

Ricky said, “It’s been a very traumatic time for me recently but I wanted to thank everyone for looking after me after my accident. From the bottom of our hearts we thank every single paramedic, surgeon, doctor, nurse, health care assistant, porter and domestic who helped look after me, encouraged me, and gave my mum cuddles when she was upset. I will forever be grateful.

“My friends did a beautiful thing raising money so I could have another bike and helmet. I can’t believe everyone has been so generous.”

Fundraising support assistant Gillian Moran said, “On behalf of Tayside Health Fund, we are extremely grateful for the kind donation from Ricky and his friends and wish Ricky well in his recovery.”

Scanning equipment donated to Ninewells Hospital

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Dr Kalpana Ragupathy and Willie Henderson

Specialist scanning equipment has been donated to Ninewells Hospital on behalf of the Michelle Henderson Cervical Cancer Trust.

Former Scotland football international Willie Henderson visited Ninewells Hospital to donate the ZedScan device on behalf of the charity. The Trust was set up by Mr Henderson’s daughter Michelle who bravely fought the disease before sadly passing away when she was 28-years-old.

Willie is now continuing his daughter’s inspiring legacy to raise money and awareness about the importance of cervical screening.

The ZedScan device, which uses Electrical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) technology, is used in addition to colposcopy to detect cervical abnormalities before they develop into cervical cancer. Changes in the cells of the cervix can lead to cervical cancer, but early detection of cell abnormalities and appropriate treatment can prevent cervical cancer from developing.

NHS Tayside Chief Executive Grant Archibald, Lead Colposcopist Dr Kalpana Ragupathy and Clinical Care Group Manager for Women, Children & Families Julie Flynn welcomed Mr Henderson to the hospital and thanked the Trust for the generous donation. Representatives from Zilico, the company which provided the ZedScan equipment, also attended.

Willie said he was proud that the Michelle Henderson Cervical Cancer Trust is helping others.

He said, “Michelle set up the Trust to give back to those who had helped her during her treatment. She also wanted to raise awareness of the condition and in turn raise funds towards hospital equipment, medicines and support groups for women suffering from the illness.

“It’s amazing to think that even when Michelle was battling illness, she was still thinking of other people and how she could help. We are proud to keep this work going and it is great to be able to help hospitals like Ninewells help women.”

Willie also highlighted the importance of women attending their regular cervical screening appointments.

He said, “We have been involved in a lot of fundraising and some of the women I have spoken to have told me they are embarrassed to get their cervical smear. I tell them that embarrassment won’t kill you, but cervical cancer might – it is so important for women to go for their screening.”

Lead colposcopist Dr Kalpana Ragupathy said, “On behalf of the Tayside colposcopy team I would like to thank Mr Henderson for his enormous generosity in allowing us to acquire this equipment in memory of his daughter Michelle.

“The ZedScan device has the potential to more accurately identify women who need treatment in the colposcopy clinic. This means that women with nothing to worry about can be discharged sooner and those who have pre-cancerous changes can be picked up and treated earlier.”

Gynaecology cancer lead Dr Wendy McMullen added, “It is essential we are able to embrace the latest technological advances in screening, especially as we are now screening young women who have been immunized against the human papilloma (HPV) virus and will soon be using HPV testing as part of the screening programme.

“We very much hope this potentially groundbreaking equipment will allow us to deliver the very best standard of care to women in Tayside.”

Cervical cancer affects almost 1 in 100 women. Cervical screening saves around 5,000 lives in the UK every year and prevents eight out of 10 cervical cancers from developing. In Scotland, all women between the ages of 25 and 50 are offered a cervical screening test every three years and those between 50 and 65 are offered screening every five years.

Want to know more about cervical smears?

  • Talk to your nurse or GP
  • Like NHS Tayside’s cervical screening page at
  • Visit or call 0800 224488 (textphone 18001 0800 22 44 88). The helpline is open every day 8am-10pm and also provides an interpreting service.
  • Visit Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust on social media, at or call 0808 802800

To find out more about the Michelle Henderson Cervical Cancer Trust visit the website

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(front row – Dr Kalpana Ragupathy holding the ZedScan, next to Willie Henderson alongside Chief Executive Grant Archibald (furthest right), staff from obstetrics and gynaecology department and representatives from Zilico


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