A local rugby team has scrummed down to raise more than £1,000 for a hospital’s MRI scanner appeal.
The generous players from Northallerton Rugby Club and their guests raised a terrific £1,145.00 at their end-of-season ball towards the Friarage Hospital’s scanner appeal. Attendees at the ball kindly bought raffle tickets in aid of the appeal to win prizes donated from sports therapist Edd Pratt, Liberty Fitness, Raging Bull and others associated with the club.
Northallerton Rugby Club secretary Martin Connor said: “As a club we like to do our bit for charity and after having many players injured over the last few years who have needed MRI scans and have had to be sent to James Cook Hospital, we recognise the importance of having one at our local hospital. It was a no brainer to support the Friarage to try and reach their target.
“We’ll continue to raise money for the scanner appeal at future events.”
Judith Masterman, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Community Fund Raiser, said: “We’re incredibly grateful for the club for their support. It’s really kind of them to raise this money while enjoying their end-of-season evening. We’d like to thank them for their support and wish them success next season.”
Last year 7,000 patients from North Yorkshire had to travel to The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough to receive an MRI scan. Once purchased, the Friarage MRI scanner will cut waiting times, relieve pressure at James Cook and allow clinicians to diagnose a range of conditions, including cancer and brain injuries, for thousands of patients.
The appeal team is always happy to hear from people interested in raising funds. For more information visit: www.friaragescannerappeal.org.uk