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Members of the ‘Lunch4Life’ committee recently presented a cheque for £16,000 to Consultant Breast Surgeon, Mr Tayo Johnson, and other members of the team.

The fundraising group have given many substantial donations to the breast service over the years – including a generous total of £28,860 since 2016.

Lorna Ponti established the charity in 2007, which aims to raise awareness of breast cancer and fundraise towards the purchase of new equipment. She said: ‘I had to face my own diagnosis of breast cancer in 2005. Having been through the treatment journey, I was determined to establish some way to raise funds to help others combat the disease. I chose to support Ashford and St Peter’s Breast Unit as it is my local hospital.’

Mr Johnson added: ‘I would like to thank all of the Lunch4Life team for their steadfast and unwavering support over the years. The funds will go specifically towards the purchase of a new mammogram machine at St Peter’s Hospital. We are very grateful for their continuing support.’