Massive milestone reached for MRI scanner campaign

Massive milestone reached for MRI scanner campaign

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 12:05am 3rd May 2018.

Salisbury District Hospitals Stars Appeal Charity have now raised half of the cash they need to get a second MRI

Thanks to all the wonderful donaters out there, Salisbury District Hospital is now halfway towards its target to buy a new MRI scanner.

The hospital charity The Stars Appeal started a campaign in November to raise £1.5 million to buy the scanner.

They've now reached the £750,000 mark, a fantastic achievement!

It's taken the charity just 5 months to reach this milestone and the fundraising looks on target to reach the £1.5 million by the end of summer.

£750k MRI Scanner Campaign Stars Appeal Salisbury District Hospital (Stars Appeal)
They're halfway there! The Stars Appeal have now raised £750,000 towards their target

Lord Pembroke, President of the Stars Appeal, said:

"To reach this milestone is a reflection of just how incredible the community has been at getting together to rally behind this appeal.

"With this momentum behind us I hope we can go on to achieve our target of a second MRI scanner in record time and start improving the lives of many thousands of local patients and their families.

"Thank you to everyone for your ongoing support."

WHY AN MRI?

SDH already has an MRI Scanner, which is working well, but the extra capacity that could be provided by having a second one would make a huge difference to patients.

A second scanner could potentially help around 10,000 a year to get diagnostic tests quicker, without them having to wait for the existing scanner to be available, or have to travel to other hospitals for the same tests.

Graham Branagan is a Consultant Surgeon and Chair of the MRI Scanner Campaign:

"As Chairman of the MRI Scanner Campaign, I am overwhelmed by the level of support that we have received thus far from local people, businesses and the community at large.

"It is incredibly heartening to be half way to our total.

"However, the fact that this is our largest ever Stars Appeal target means that there is still some way to go and the ongoing commitment of all our supporters is welcomed."

If you would like to help the hospital raise this money, please donate here.

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