Senior staff at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said a special “thank you” to South Cleveland Heart Fund (SCHF), following a successful £1m appeal.
Members of the SCHF attended The James Cook University Hospital’s Radiology Department to view new and upgraded MRI scanners paid for with the £1m they raised in eighteen months – with a little help from their friends in the local community.
Last year, as a result of their fundraising efforts, the charity signed a cheque for £450,000 to upgrade an existing cardiac scanner so that it now produces top level imaging, enabling cardiac consultants across North and South Tees to carry out a full Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CMR) imaging service for patients.
The remainder of the £1 million, raised by hundreds of supporters of SCHF across Teesside, was invested in the installation of a brand new high-powered 3T Scanner, freeing up scanning time to enable an extended cardiothoracic service to patients on the newly upgraded machine.
Siobhan McArdle, chief executive of South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, presented Adrian Davies, chairman of South Cleveland Heart Fund, with a framed photograph marking the end of the appeal, as a special ‘Thank You’ gift.
Mr Davies said the support of the public had been fantastic in helping SCHF reach its £1m target.
“It’s a fantastic day for South Cleveland Heart Fund, now it’s all come to fruition in collaboration with the Trust in the form of this fantastic 3T machine and the newly upgraded cardiac scanner,” he said.
“The £1m was raised in just eighteen months through various initiatives including a Middlesbrough Rotary Club draw and The Gazette’s Help Save A Life Appeal.
“Donations were also received from grateful patients and then you have the ripple effect of more donations coming in.”
Dr Neil Maredia, consultant cardiologist at The James Cook University Hospital, said: “The £1m appeal has enabled us to install this completely new scanner and upgrade the existing cardio scanner
“We’re using them to provide a wide range of cardiac and general MRI scanning for patients from Teesside and the wider region. We’re providing more scans than we previously did and we’re able to offer scans to a greater breadth of patients than we previously could.”
You can find out more about the work of South Cleveland Heart Fun and get involved with their latest fundraising efforts here.