MRI scans saved me, say #MyReasonIs supporters

Posted on in Fundraising, The trust

Paul Watkins - headshot

Those whose lives have been saved thanks to Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) are getting behind a campaign to bring a new scanner to The Friarage Hospital in Northallerton.

Cath Crouch, from Northallerton, shared her selfie on @STeesCharity Twitter as part of the #MyReasonIs campaign stating: “MRI saved my life when they found out I had thrombosis”.

Another supporter of the popular campaign, Catherine Baker, 28, explained how a scan prevented her from going blind.

She posted her picture and #MyReasonIs postcard which simply read: “An MRI scan saved my sight.”

The duo are among scores of people who have got behind the #MyReasonIs social media campaign, by sharing their selfies and reasons for raising funds for a new MRI scanner at The Friarage.

Now, we’re encouraging more people to print off one of our posters at and tweet us their unique reasons in a selfie.

Catherine CrouchPaul Watkins, (above) head of fundraising at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The North Yorkshire public’s response to the #MyReasonIs campaign has been phenomenal and we’re so grateful to those who have raised funds or donated to the campaign, before tweeting us their pictures @STeesCharity.

“A pledgewall on the MRI scanner appeal website, which features pictures of all the people who have supported our campaign with a simple tweet, is really filling up.

“And most importantly, funds are rolling in through our text donation service and online. Thank you so much to everyone has contributed!”

The text service allows donations of between £2 and £10 to be made by texting SCAN 46, plus the amount to 70070.

Other ways of donating to the campaign can be found at

Catherine BakerAfter donating, those who are not on Twitter, but still want to send us their picture showing their support for the campaign can get a poster from the above website and email their picture with it to

Pictures can also be posted to the Friarage Hospital Facebook page!

It is hoped the funds needed for a new MRI scanner, which will be housed in the former special care baby unit in The Friarage Hospital, will be raised by the end of the year.

Dr Sheamus Fitzgerald, a consultant radiologist at The Friarage, said: “I’m delighted we can now have a new home for the scanner and it is fantastic to see the project progressing, thanks to the generosity and support of the people of North Yorkshire.

“The staff and I are looking forward to the day we can finally start scanning our local patients at The Friarage Hospital.”

Sheamus Fitzgerald and radiology team in scanner's new home

Sheamus Fitzgerald and radiology team in scanner’s new home