team.jpgA team of adrenaline seeking surgeons from East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust are taking on a punishing challenge to raise funds to provide more state-of-the-art treatment to help patients with pancreatic, prostate, renal and colorectal cancer.

Team ‘Robo Op’ - Consultant Surgeon Daren Subar, Consultant Urologist Iain Campbell, Theatre Support Worker Paul Wilkinson, Colorectal Surgeon Adnan Sheikh, Advanced Nurse Practitioner Crista Hammill and General Manager (Theatres) Leigh Hudson – are tackling the 5k Rough Runner event in Manchester on Sunday 22 October.

“In recent months, we have expanded use of the Da Vinci robot at the Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital to introduce robotic-assisted surgery for pancreatic, renal and colorectal cancer,” explained Daren Subar.

“Robotic surgery has real benefits for our patients thanks to more precise cancer removal resulting in less pain, a shorter recovery period and hospital stay as the surgery is far less invasive, less requirement for radiotherapy and a faster return to normal daily life.”

Daren and his Robo Op teammates are facing a tough time in Manchester.

“Rough Runner will be great fun but also a real hard challenge,” says Daren. “It’s a punishing mix of distance running and obstacles inspired by all those game shows we love, including Takeshi’s Castle, Wipeout, Gladiator and Ninja Warrior.”

“Everyone can help us by texting ROBO24 followed by £3, £5 or £10 to 70070.”

Donations are also welcome online at

“All the money raised by Team RoboOp means more patients can have cancer surgery using the state-of-the-art Da Vinci robot at the Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital,” said Denise, Gee, Fundraising Manager for East Lancashire Hospital’s charity, ELHT&me.