Weston racing driver shows his passion for Weston General Hospital’s scanner appeal

PUBLISHED: 13:00 02 August 2017

British Touring Car Championship racing driver Will Burns, with Trust chairman Grahame Paine, Kirsty Taylor and Kate Minto from the radiography department, and chairman of the League of Friends June Stephens.

British Touring Car Championship racing driver Will Burns, with Trust chairman Grahame Paine, Kirsty Taylor and Kate Minto from the radiography department, and chairman of the League of Friends June Stephens.

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Weston General Hospital’s scanner appeal has been given the seal of approval from a highly-rated racing driver, who is calling on the town to get behind the bid.

British Touring Car Championship racing driver Will Burns backing the Weston Gerneral Hospital Scanner Appeal.British Touring Car Championship racing driver Will Burns backing the Weston Gerneral Hospital Scanner Appeal.

Will Burns, from Weston, decided he wanted to take a break from competing in the British Touring Car Championship and show his support by making a visit to the hospital, in Grange Road.

He met a number of the staff who are involved in the appeal – which aims to raise £400,000 for new scanning equipment – and offered the radiology department his support.

The League of Friends for the hospital launched the £400,000 appeal in April last year.

The improved equipment would mean the radiology team could produce better-quality images and diagnose conditions more quickly, and cut waiting times.

British Touring Car Championship racing driver Will Burns, with Trust chairman Grahame Paine, Kirsty Taylor and Kate Minto from the radiography department, and chairman of the League of Friends June Stephens.British Touring Car Championship racing driver Will Burns, with Trust chairman Grahame Paine, Kirsty Taylor and Kate Minto from the radiography department, and chairman of the League of Friends June Stephens.

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Mr Burns has also decided to wear the scanner appeal logo on his racing jacket, so it will be on show when he competes.

He said: ““Being a local lad I fully understand the importance of this hospital to the local community. Meeting staff and patients today has also really driven home the passion for the fundraising appeal.

“I’m really happy to add my support to the Scanner Appeal as it’s a great cause. I encourage everyone to get involved and donate where they can – new x-ray equipment will make a huge difference to the lives of people living in Weston and the surrounding areas.”

MORE: John Cleese supports the scanner appeal.

Grahame Paine, chair of Weston Area Health NHS Trust, said he is ‘delighted’ with the support.

He added: “It will help to raise the profile of this important appeal and encourage further public support which will drive us toward the £400,000 we need for vital scanning equipment.”

MORE: History of the League of Friends.

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