Local charity, Scannappeal, has received a fantastic Christmas gift, which means that the finish line for The Bucks MRI Appeal is within reach.
Knowing that £80,000 is needed to complete the £1.5m fund-raising target, a local philanthropist has pledged £40,000 to the appeal hoping that the local community will pull together to raise the remaining £40,000.
The incredibly generous pledge has been offered on a match funding basis meaning every subsequent donation will be doubled. With this in mind, Scannappeal are appealing to supporters to help them pass the finish line and provide the very latest MRI scanning technology within Bucks NHS hospitals.
Every £1 donated to the appeal will be automatically doubled and if donors are able to gift aid their donation the charity will receive an additional 25p, meaning £1 becomes £2.25.
The first of two scanners was installed at Wycombe hospital in January 2020.
Dr Richard Hughes, Clinical Lead BHT Radiology Head, said: ‘It was very timely that under the difficult conditions caused by COVID-19 we were able to move out of the mobile scanner and into our brand new scanning suite in the hospital. We send our sincere thanks to everyone who played a part in enabling this to happen.‘
Scannappeal is aware that it is a very difficult time for many individuals, families and businesses right now but they are hopeful to secure the last £40,000 to ensure that our local hospitals have the very best scanning facilities available to them at a time when they need it most.
Lisa Trivett, Director of Scannappeal, said: ‘The first MRI scanner at Wycombe hospital has made a significant difference not only to the hospital but also to the patient experience. We know that the scanner is more comfortable for patients as it is bigger, much quieter and importantly a lot quicker.
We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our supporters to get us this far and I now appeal to the wider community to help us complete the appeal and deliver the second MRI scanner to Stoke Mandeville Hospital within the next few months.‘
Further information on how to support the appeal and to double your donation can be found on the Scannappeal website at www.scannappeal.org.uk.
*Source of article : Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust.