Appeal to buy hospital MRI scanner

The launch of the �2m MRI scanner appeal held at the Friarage hospital. (S)
The launch of the �2m MRI scanner appeal held at the Friarage hospital. (S)
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An ambitious appeal has been launched to raise £2m for an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scanner at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton.

South Tees Hospitals Charity is embarking on its first major fundraising campaign – in partnership with the Friends of the Friarage – to reach its target by December 2015.

And the Friends have certainly got the ball rolling by pledging £250,000 at the appeal launch held on Thursday, July 25, with further fundraising to follow.

MRI scanners are increasingly used to diagnose a wide range of health conditions and the trust carries out over 17,000 scans every year.

Because the Friarage Hospital does not have an MRI scanner, patients in the north of Ripon area currently travel to Middlesbrough or Darlington for these important imaging tests.

Paul Watkins, the charity’s head of fundraising and volunteering, said: “This is one of our most important 
and pressing appeals but we need £2m to make it a 
reality.

“We’re working in partnership with the Friends of the Friarage, which has pledged an incredible £250,000 at the appeal’s launch, to raise the remainder of the money and with public support we can help ensure the hospital remains at the forefront of patient care for the local population.”

– For more information about the appeal visit www.friaragescannerappeal.org.uk or contact the appeal’s 
office by telephoning 01609 764936.