What a difference a year makes....
Exactly 12 months after Chad launched its most ambitious campaign - to raise £750,000 as part of an MRI scanner appeal for King’s Mill Hospital - the day has arrived to unveil the state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
The new scanner features a range of hi-tech software allowing doctors to carry out more in-depth scans as well as facilities to care for cardiac and breast scans, which patients currently have to travel out of the district to access.
Dignitaries and supporters, including Chad editor Tracy Powell and Kirkby Paralympic hero Ollie Hynd, will gather at the hospital tomorrow (Wednesday 19th June), for the special ceremony.
Chad teamed up with hospital bosses in June last year in the hope of revolutionising services at King’s Mill Hospital and help thousands of patients to be diagnosed and treated quicker.
Businesses, readers, residents and charity groups were urged to come out in force to back the huge campaign, and did not disappoint.
The appeal captured the imagination from the start, with more than £5,000 worth of donations flooding in during the first week alone, and more than £64,000 pledged by the end of the summer.
Chad workers did their bit as well, with cake bakes. a sponsored group spinathon and a half-marathon by Chad reporter Catherine Allen all helping make a sizeable donation.
By October, the £100,000 mark had been smashed, with the help of a superb £25,000 gift from the hospital’s own League of Friends organisation, and the momentum showed no sign of slowing just a month later as the total topped £150,000.
Finally in March this year, an incredible cash gift of £250,000 from an anonymous businessman took the total to more than £440,000, and with the bosses at Sherwood Forest Hospital pledging to make up the £320,000 shortfall, it was a fitting finale to the successful campaign.
Chris Mellor, of Sherwood Forest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said at the time: “The fact that the community has been so heavily involved with the fundraising effort makes it even sweeter. The community can identify with the hospital and the equipment as they played such a key role in us being able to buy it.”