Chad and King’s Mill Hospital MRI Scanner Appeal moves a step closer to success

Kings Mill Hospital MRI Scanner Appeal launch.
Kings Mill Hospital MRI Scanner Appeal launch.

KING’S Mill Hospital could have a brand new MRI scanner within the next six months after hospital bosses confirmed they are looking to build on the massive success of Chad’s MRI Scanner Appeal campaign.

So far more than £154,000 has been raised since Chad teamed up with the hospital back in June to raise £750,000 to help King’s Mill purchase a new state-of-the-art MRI scanner.

Hospital bosses say a modernised scanner will allow them to treat more people and offer safer, faster and more detailed diagnosis to thousands of people each year.

The scanner will also mean more local people can receive treatment at King’s Mill Hospital instead of having to travel to Nottingham.

Chris Mellor, the interim Chairman of the Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs King’s Mill Hospital, said: “A brand new MRI scanner is absolutely essential for us to provide the very best of services to local people.

“The local community really has done a fantastic job in raising money to date and we are grateful for their help. The board of directors is looking to move ahead with the replacement scanner in the next six months by supplementing the funds raised by local people with money from with its own funds.

“To make this happen as quickly as possible I would like to appeal to all local residents, businesses and fundraising groups to consider if there is any way they could support us in the New Year and help us to provide this valuable state-of-the-art equipment for our local community. Every contribution counts, no matter how small.”

Since the ambitious appeal was launched kindhearted businesses, individuals and charity workers across Mansfield and Ashfield have worked tirelessly on a number of fundraising events.

The MRI Scanner Appeal has also received massive support from the army of volunteers at King’s Mill Hospital, with the League of Friends group handing over a whopping £25,000 gift in October.

The £25,000 boost came just days after the Amazon Breast Care support ground handed over a £5,000 gift of their own.

The caring group raised the crucial cash through a series of fundraising events, including fashion shows, collections and race nights, as part of their tireless efforts to help current and future cancer sufferers beat the deadly disease.

And staff from the King’s Mill Hospital Voluntary Services were also quick to rally to the cause, with a £50,000 donation raised through the hospital’s Daffodil Cafe and £5,000 from their ward trolley service.

Chad staff has also played our part in the mammoth fundraising drive, with reporter Catherine Allen raising £575 after completing the Robin Hood half marathon.

More than £450 was also raised after Chad reporters Helen Beighton, James Savage and Stephen Thirkill took part in a charity spin-a-thon, which involved teams from West Notts College, Mansfield Town, Mansfield 103.2 and King’s Mill Hospital.

Other fundraising events have included charity nights at local restaurants, coffee mornings, funeral donations, balloon releases and a donation from the Chad newspaper of three pence for every sale of our 15th August Chad.