Rotarians raise £60k for hospital heart machine

PUBLISHED: 09:00 16 June 2015

David Powell, left, handing over a cheque for £250 to Peter Roswell, chairman of the Heartworks appeal, and Wrington Vale Rotarian Gerry Laws.

David Powell, left, handing over a cheque for £250 to Peter Roswell, chairman of the Heartworks appeal, and Wrington Vale Rotarian Gerry Laws.

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MEMBERS of Wrington Vale Rotary Club are celebrating after raising £60,000 to pay for a specialist heart training machine at a Somerset hospital.

The club’s Heartworks appeal has been raising money to purchase a Heartworks simulator machine for Musgrove Park Hospital, in Taunton, which can then be used by medics from Weston and across the South West.

The machine is the first one of its kind in the region, and will help to train doctors and medical staff in diagnosing more than 40 different heart problems by enabling them to practise on a mechanical torso.

Appeal chairman Peter Roswell said: “Unfortunately the NHS does not have the money to fund these machines, so every single one of them across the country has been purchased through charity funding such as this.

“It is going to Musgrove Park Hospital because it is the hospital in our area which is responsible for training cardiac staff. However, the simulator can also be taken out to various sites, so a lot of people are really going to benefit from it.”

The club’s appeal total was boosted towards its £60,000 target thanks to the efforts of estate agent David Powell, who presented the club with a cheque on Friday afternoon.

Mr Powell benefitted from a Rotary scheme as a child, and raised £250 to go towards the machine through running a half marathon.

He said: “The club’s appeal is awesome and I’m really happy to support it. It’s been really great getting involved and the Rotarians I’ve worked with have been really nice.”

Mr Roswell, aged 79, added: “Raising the money took an awful lot of hard work, and lots of people said we would not be able to manage it.

“But thanks to the help of some excellent colleagues, we did it. The hospital is over the moon.”

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