King’s Mill Hospital officially unveiled their brand new state-of-the-art MRI scanner following the successful completion of Chad’s £750,000 campaign.
During the event Chris Mellor, interim chairman of Sherwood Forest Hospital’s NHS Trust, and Chad editor Tracy Powell paid tribute to the Mansfield and Ashfield community who had helped make the day possible with the generous donations.
Paralympic swim star Ollie Hynd MBE was also on hand to unveil a special commerative plague marking the memorable day.
Chad teamed up with hospital bosses back in June last year as part of an ambitous campaign to raise £750,000 to purchase a modern scanner, which offers faster, safer and more detailed diagnosis to patients.
The scanner also means MRI staff are now able to treat more people and prevent patients from having to travel to Nottingham for treatment.
During the unveilving ceremony Chad editor Tracy Powell said: “This is a tremendous achievement and I would like to say a big thankyou to our readers for their help and fundraising activities.
“This is great news for the area and will give the hospital the very best equipment.”
The appeal captured the heart of the public from the very first week, with a £5,000 donation coming in from the Uhuru Peaceful Trust.
And that donation spiralled hundreds of others, with cash donations flooding in to the Chad office and King’s Mill office.
Groups across the district were also quick to organise a number of fundraising activities as kind-hearted locals rallied to the cause.
Our life-changing campaign was then brought to a successful conclusion earlier this year following a staggering £250,000 donation from an anonymous businessman.