You have done it! Chad’s life-changing MRI Scanner Appeal has this week ended in a magnificent success story after a whopping £250,000 donation helped make it all possible.
The generous gift, which was made by an anonymous businessman, took our funds raised total to more than £440,000 since Chad teamed up with King’s Mill Hospital to launch our ambitious appeal back in June 2012.
Bosses at Sherwood Forest Hospital have now pledged to make up the £320,000 shortfall, meaning a state-of-the-art MRI scanner could now be up and running by early May.
Chris Mellor, interim chief executive for Sherwood Forest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said the scanner was a crucial tool in providing top quality health care for people across Mansfield and Ashfield.
“An MRI Scanner is an essential piece of equipment for a hospital of our size,” he said. “The old scanner was proving difficult to keep going and it was out of date, so having brand new equipment is a great asset to the hospital.
“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.
“I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the public. Not a day goes by where I have not signed thankyou letters to people who have made donations.
“We have been helped along the way by the generous businessman who donated £250,000, which gave the appeal a massive boost.
“Whether it is £10 or more, every penny has counted. The fundraisers and hospital volunteers are worth their weight in gold, they deserve great credit for all their efforts.
“To have raised so much money in such a short space of time has been a massive effort by the community and we are very thankful to everyone who has helped.
“Their help has meant that we have been able to buy this scanner much sooner than we would have otherwise been able to do.”
Chad editor Tracy Powell paid tribute to our caring readers and said: “It shows just what can be achieved when the community comes together. The spirit shown by everyone to make this appeal possible has been fantastic.
“We are absolutely delighted that we have achieved our target after just eight months and everyone who made this possible deserve tremendous credit.”
Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero praised Chad for launching the campaign and paid tribute to the kind-hearted fundraisers who helped to make it all possible.
“The Chad and the hospital trust have been instrumental in this campaign from start to finish and everyone involved deserves a huge amount of credit for getting the appeal off the ground and making it such a phenomenal success,” she said.
“It just goes to show what a great community driven and campaigning newspaper we have in the Chad, but of course none of this would even be possible without the incredible generosity of the good people and businesses of Mansfield and Ashfield.
“Yet again everyone has done our area proud and it makes me so proud and privileged to be the MP here. After all of the hard work it is time to celebrate because we now have such a fantastic reward which should hopefully improve the lives of many people for years to come.”
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.
Sarah Sentence, radiographer services manager at King’s Mill Hospital, said the state-of-the-art scanner would dramatically improve patient services.
“It is amazing that we have managed to raise such a massive amount in such a short amount of time,” she said.
“The new scanner is going to give a massive boost to people in this area. Everyone in the department is very excited.
“We will be able to treat more people and treat more people locally so they do not have to travel, which is going to be a massive thing.
“We will be able to offer more detailed diagnosis and be able to spot more things and save more lives. We cannot wait to get started”
Donations can still be made to King’s Mill Hospital from anyone who currently has an MRI fundraising event organised.