UHCW Charity were honoured to receive a cheque of £5,001 for the Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) department, from the Lions Club Of Coventry Godiva at their 25th Charter Gala Dinner held on 25th May.

Over the past 25 years the Godiva Lions have had an amazing journey raising and donating over £600,000 to good causes. The membership of the club has grown exponentially, and they now have over 40 members in the club.

The support they have shown both UHCW Charity and UHCW has been is overwhelming over recent years and their most recent donation has taken their total fundraising for UHCW to over £30,000. These These donations have been spent on a cough-assist machine for patients who have impaired cough reflex, point-of-care testing for monitoring blood glucose control in diabetics and obtaining a trolley for state-of-the art equipment for clinical examination of patients.

The latest donation will go towards pioneering research (never done before) in collaboration with the University of Warwick into artificial intelligence for predicting the development of malignancy in patients with pre-cancerous lesions of the voice box. In addition part of the funding will go towards developing state-of-the-art surgical technology for managing patients with hoarseness.

Mr Shashi Prasad, Consultant ENT/Head and Neck Surgeon said: “The donation will facilitate personalised-management (tailored to individual patients) with voice problems due to impaired function of the nerves of the voice box, and abnormalities of the lining of the voice box. This will play a very important role in establishing UHCW as a centre of excellence providing world-class care to the community”.

The Lions club was formed in May 1994 by a group of 20 members from Business and Professional backgrounds with the single objective of getting together and raising funds for the needy in communities both at local and international levels. All the Godiva Lions members give their time on voluntary basis.