Scanner campaign reaches 'incredible' £70k donations

PUBLISHED: 17:02 22 August 2016 | UPDATED: 17:02 22 August 2016

Weston General Hospital League Of Friends.

Weston General Hospital League Of Friends.

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An appeal for new digital scanning equipment at Weston General Hospital has hit the £70,000 mark after just four months.

Cllr John Crockford Hawley, Hospital Chief Executive James Rimmer,Weston Lion Vice President Grant Parris League President John Penrose MP, League Chairman June Stephen, Weston Area Health Trust Chairman Grahame Paine, Mayor and Mayoress Cllr Ramond Armstrong and Joan Dunne and Weston Lion President Dave Hunt handing over a £10000 cheaque to the scanner appeal.Cllr John Crockford Hawley, Hospital Chief Executive James Rimmer,Weston Lion Vice President Grant Parris League President John Penrose MP, League Chairman June Stephen, Weston Area Health Trust Chairman Grahame Paine, Mayor and Mayoress Cllr Ramond Armstrong and Joan Dunne and Weston Lion President Dave Hunt handing over a £10000 cheaque to the scanner appeal.

The League of Friends of Weston General Hospital is aiming to raise £400,000 in total, to keep the hospital at the forefront of patient care.

It is working with the Weston Area Health Trust (WAHT), which runs the hospital, and the Mercury is supporting the campaign.

League chairman June Stephen said: “It’s been an incredible achievement to raise £70,000 already since the appeal began in April.

“At a time when money is tight and many people are living on a budget, the generosity of local people and organisations continues to amaze me.

Cllr John Crockford Hawley, Hospital Chief Executive James Rimmer, League President John Penrose MP, League Chairman June Stephen and Weston Area Health Trust Chairman Grahame Paine.Cllr John Crockford Hawley, Hospital Chief Executive James Rimmer, League President John Penrose MP, League Chairman June Stephen and Weston Area Health Trust Chairman Grahame Paine.

“I cannot thank you enough for your support.”

The league hopes to reach £100,000 by the end of the year.

WAHT chief executive James Rimmer said the amount donated so far is a fabulous achievement.

He said: “Having new digital scanning equipment will really benefit the 70,000 patients we see each year.

“It will allow us to produce superior images, to diagnose conditions more quickly, cut waiting times and improve our overall service – leading to better health outcomes for our patients.”

Donations have come from the league’s fundraising efforts, businesses and individuals.

June said: “With your help, we can hit our target and fund essential life-saving equipment which will change lives for the people of Weston and North Somerset.”

To donate, visit the League of Friends shop, inside the hospital, or text SCAN16 and the amount to 70070.

You can also send a donation marked ‘scanner appeal’ to League of Friends at Weston General Hospital, Grange Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 4TQ.

Alternatively, log onto http://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/westonhospital/scannerappeal

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