Olympian James Cracknell presents cheque to Weston General Hospital's scanner appeal

PUBLISHED: 15:00 06 October 2017

James Cracknell presenting a cheque to staff at Weston General Hospital for the scanner appeal. Picture: Eleanor Young

James Cracknell presenting a cheque to staff at Weston General Hospital for the scanner appeal. Picture: Eleanor Young

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A double Olympic gold medallist presented a cheque to staff at Weston General Hospital.

Olympic rower James Cracknell made an appearance in the hospital’s X-ray department yesterday to present a cheque worth £750 for the scanner appeal.

Mr Cracknell presented it on behalf of Somerset Surgical Services, a private organisation which operates at the hospital.

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

Mr Cracknell told the Mercury: “The NHS Trust has to run properly and the scanner will make a massive difference.

“The initial expense on these machines is enormous but once the use you get out of them is fantastic.”

The Olympian will continue to appear in Weston to promote the Weston Super Half Marathon which will take place in March.

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