PICTURE SLIDESHOW: Mansfield busineses get on their bikes for MRI Scanner Appeal

CARING staff from some of Mansfield and Ashfield’s most high-profile companies got on their bikes to help raise crucial cash for Chad’s MRI Scanner Appeal.

Chad reporters Stephen Thirkill, Helen Beighton and James Savage were joined by workers from West Notts College, Mansfield 103.2, King’s Mill Hospital and players from Mansfield Town’s academy team for a sponsored spin-a-thon at the Oasis Health Centre on Quarry Lane on Friday afternoon.

MRI Scanner appeal  sponsored exercise bike ride

MRI Scanner appeal sponsored exercise bike ride

During the high-profile event the five teams cycled continously between 9am and noon, with Mansfield 103.2 also providing regular broadcasts throughout the morning.

Competitors from all teams also covered the event through social media sites to further boost awarness of the life-changing charity campaign.

Stewart Nicholson, 103.2 DJ, said they had been delighted to be invoved in the charity morning.

“This is a great event and we are happy to do anything we can to help raise money for the community,” he said.

“We are fully behind the MRI Appeal and will support is as best we can.”

Colin Eley, sports development co-ordinator at West Notts College, said the event was a great way to encourage people to get into sport and raise money for a good cause.

He said: “It is good that we are able to get involved in community work and give something back. Part of my role is to encourage people to get involved in sport so this is helpful for me and the college.

“We want to get people active and this is a great way of doing that and raising cash.”

The event was made possible thanks to Mansfield’s Oasis Health Centre, who offered their facilities free of charge for the event.

General manager Suzanne Hughes said: “This event was a really good idea and we wanted to give something back to the area and help the community. We are always happy to host charity events whenever we can.”

Chad launched the life-changing MRI Scanner Appeal on 27th June in a bid to raise a mammoth £750,000 to help King’s Mill Hospital purchase a state-of-the-art MRI Scanner.

And since the campaign was launched thousands of pounds has flooded in as caring individuals and companies across the district continue to dig deep for our ambitious campaign.

Events to have taken place so far for the appeal include cake bake sales at King’s Mill Hospital, collection points at Four Seasons shopping centre, a charity meal night at Chow Oriental as well as a variety of raffles and other fundraising activities from volunteer groups, restaurants and other businesses.

Donations to our MRI appeal can be made by visiting Chad receptions, calling the customer services department at King’s Mill Hospital on 01623 672222, by visiting Sherwood Forest Hospital’s NHS Trust website, through Just Giving or by cheque.

All cheques should be made payable to Sherwood Forest Hospitals Charitable Funds.

See the Chad website for all the latest news on the MRI Scanner Appeal.

If you have a story or are doing a fundraising event for our MRI Scanner Appeal, get in touch with Stephen Thirkill on 01623 450292, by emailing stephen.thirkill@chad.co.uk or via Twitter @StephenThirkill.