ROYAL Berkshire Hospital will be able to purchase a new machine to detect breast cancer sooner thanks to the efforts of generous Rotarians.

The Rotary Club of Maiden Erlegh presented a cheque for £10,500 after a successful art fair at Leighton Park School in October.

Hospital staff have been working hard to raise funds for a new portable ultrasound scanner, making smaller cancers easier to detect.

Rotarian Tim Thorpe said: "This was a great opportunity to say thank you to those who were involved with the organisation and running of the very successful art fair.

"In particular we would like to thank Nigel Williams, head teacher of Leighton Park, for the provision of the excellent venue at zero cost.

"Reading Guild of Artists gave valuable support and advice to the organising team."

Dr Elizabeth Cave, clinical director, explained how the new scanner could improve the accuracy of diagnosis and make it more comfortable for patients compared to current equipment.

Delivery of the new device is expected to be completed within the next couple of months.