Leeds business duo make life-changing donation

Successful lawyers Marilyn and Grahame Stowe have recently made a major donation to Leeds Cares. The amazing donation of just over £26,000 was used to purchase life-changing ultrasound navigation software for use in the new advanced digital paediatric neurosurgery theatre at Leeds Children’s Hospital.

Leeds-based Marilyn and Grahame Stowe have each had huge success with their business ventures. Marilyn built her company ‘Stowe Family Law’ from a single shop to the UK’s largest specialist family law firm and Grahame founded his law firm, ‘Grahame Stowe Bateson’ in 1981, whilst also acting as a part time judge. Marilyn led the company for over thirty years – whilst achieving major accolades as a leading figure in the legal industry – before selling the firm in 2017.

The large donation was made to Leeds Cares earlier in the year after Marilyn was inspired by a documentary on children’s cancer. Marilyn said “We wanted to help so we got in touch with Leeds Cares. The process was very swift and now it is in place, our thoughts are for the children being treated and we wish them a speedy recovery.”

Marilyn and Grahame visited the hospital earlier this week to meet with senior staff at Leeds Children’s Hospital and learn how their donation has made a huge difference to the care being offered to children undergoing complex brain tumour surgery.

The BrainLAB integration software purchased by the donation dramatically enhances the capabilities of the existing operating theatre. It enables the neurosurgical team to integrate a specialised ultrasound system, allowing them to judge the progress of tumour surgery and avoiding the need to repeatedly stop the procedure to perform MRI scans. The equipment allows for live intraoperative imaging, leading to improved efficiency and a better outcome for patients having brain tumour surgery.

Consultant Paediatric Neurosurgeon, Mr John Goodden, met with the Stowes and explained his recent experience with the software: “I used the new BrainLAB ultrasound integration for the first time a couple of weeks ago while operating on a young patient with a malignant brain tumour. It made a huge difference to the surgery. This is a very important advance which will help us identify residual tumour and maximize the extent of resection – which will improve outcomes and survival. All of us working in this department at Leeds Teaching Hospitals are incredibly grateful for the very generous donation made by Mr & Mrs Stowe.”

Chairman of Leeds Cares Edward Ziff said “The Stowe family have a long history of philanthropy in the city so we’re delighted that they’ve chosen to support Leeds Cares in this way. Their donation is already making a huge difference in the care of children and young people at Leeds Children’s Hospital and we’re extremely grateful.”