Huge £50k boost for Chad and KIng’s Mill Hospital’s MRI fund

John Deeming, Dahhodil SErvice Cafe Section Leader, third right, hands over a cheque for �50,000 for the Kings Mill Scanner Appeal to Jayne Burkitt, second left, Radiography Services Manager at a presentation on Monday.'Also pictured from the left are; Sarah Sentance, Deputy Radiography Services Manager, Claire Barnes,  Senior Radiographer, with the MRI Scanner, Jackie Bower, Ron Tansley, Chairman of the Daffodil Voluntary Services, Jill Smallwood, Vice Chairman and Brian Shepherd.

John Deeming, Dahhodil SErvice Cafe Section Leader, third right, hands over a cheque for �50,000 for the Kings Mill Scanner Appeal to Jayne Burkitt, second left, Radiography Services Manager at a presentation on Monday.'Also pictured from the left are; Sarah Sentance, Deputy Radiography Services Manager, Claire Barnes, Senior Radiographer, with the MRI Scanner, Jackie Bower, Ron Tansley, Chairman of the Daffodil Voluntary Services, Jill Smallwood, Vice Chairman and Brian Shepherd.

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DEDICATED volunteers at King’s Mill Hospital have given Chad’s £750,000 MRI Scanner Appeal a huge boost by handing over an amazing £50,000.

The donation has come from the 90-plus people who regularly give up their time to work at the hospital’s Daffodil Café.

The Daffodil donation means the total now stands at more than £63,000, as folk from across the area continue to dig deep for the appeal.

Hospital bosses say the new state-of-the-art MRI scanner will allow them to offer thousands of patients safer, faster and more detailed diagnosis for serious diseases over the next seven years.

At a presentation on Monday, chairman of Daffodil Volunteers Ron Tansley praised their dedication.

He said: “They have bought hundreds and thousands of pounds worth of equipment in the hospital.

“It’s a tremendous thing that the volunteers are doing. They work really hard.

“The café is good value. Lots of patients and staff come in for a sandwich and a cake - it’s a wonderful contribution to King’s Mill.

“It gives that extra bit to the hospital that they might not have funding for.

“The volunteers can be really proud of what they have done over the years. They are a fantastic team and I am proud to be chairman.”

John Deeming, who is section leader for the café, said: “We do get a broad age range of volunteers. Some of the older ones are in their 70s and we have got one who is 84. They do work very hard.

The café is open from Monday to Friday between 8.30am-6pm, on Saturdays from 10am-4pm and on Sundays from 1-4pm.

If you have a story or are doing a fundraising event for our MRI Scanner Appeal, get in touch with Stephen Thirkill on Mansfield 450292, by emailing stephen.thirkill@chad.co.uk or via Twitter @StephenThirkill.