The philosophy of eat, drink and be merry is one which is very much embraced in the picturesque North Yorkshire village of Kilburn…
Every year a group of volunteers help to organise the annual Kilburn Feast – a tradition which goes back hundreds of years and now raises money for local charities and good causes.
Among those to benefit from their three-day event in July was the Friarage Hospital’s MRI Scanner Appeal – a joint fundraising campaign between South Tees Hospitals Charity and the Friends of the Friarage Hospital.
Chair of the Friends of the Friarage, Dr Upendra Somasundram, collected a cheque for £750 from the ‘Friends of the Feast’ edging the appeal closer to its £2million target.
“The scanner will be a fantastic additional resource for the medical teams at the Friarage, complementing the diagnostic services currently available at the hospital, and public support, like this, has been essential to making this a reality,” he said.
“We now know where the new scanner is going to be housed – the former special care baby unit – and enabling work is expected to be starting in there very soon. On behalf of the Friends I’d just like to say thank you for this fantastic donation.”
Terri Lewis from ‘Friends of the Feast’ added: “It’s a cause close to our hearts, plus one of our group needed a scan recently and had to travel to James Cook. Having a scanner at the Friarage would be such a benefit to the local population.”
About the Appeal: South Tees Hospitals Charity in partnership with the Friends of the Friarage – is aiming to raise £2million for an MRI scanner – an essential piece of medical equipment used to investigate almost any part of the body – at the Friarage Hospital. Public support is essential in helping us to make the campaign a success.
MRI scanners are increasingly used to diagnose a wide range of health conditions and the Trust carries out over 27,000 scans every year – 6,500 of which are for patients living in the Hambleton and Richmondshire area.
Benefits will include:
- Providing a local inpatient service for local residents
- Reduced patient waiting times
- Conditions being diagnosed more quickly and faster treatment planning
- Less travelling to other hospitals for scans
- Greater working with other clinical specialties at the Friarage
- Supporting clinical trials to help improve the trust’s research profile
- Reducing the need for costly exploratory surgery
For further information visit the appeal website.