£1.2m appeal milestone reached in just seven months thanks to incredible community support

Thanks to the enormous generosity of individuals and the support from community groups and businesses, an amazing £1.2m has been raised for the CT Scanner Appeal.

It is just over seven months since the appeal to buy three new CT scanners and two mobile digital X-ray machines for Gloucestershire’s hospitals was launched. Now, two CT scanners are already in place in Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and a third is planned for Cheltenham General.

Kate Green, director of fundraising for Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals Charity, said: “In total we needed £2.4m to buy the equipment. We initially received an incredible anonymous donation of £1.2m leaving a further £1.2m needing to be raised.

“When the campaign launched, we hoped the public would get behind it, and we have been thrilled by the generosity shown by local supporters, such as schools, companies and individuals. People have run marathons, got on their bikes, baked cakes and so much more for the appeal and we cannot thank everyone enough for helping us to reach our target. We have also received some generous gifts in wills and anonymous donations to the appeal, which have helped to fund this important new imaging technology.”

Dad-of-one Will Perringwood helped launch the appeal in November having undergone many scans after suffering a brain haemorrhage in 2013.

“Without such vital equipment and the NHS care I received, I wouldn’t be here today. It is amazing to see people in Gloucestershire getting behind this appeal and raising such a huge amount of money in such a short amount of time."

Will Perringwood, dad-of-one

“Without such vital equipment and the NHS care I received, I wouldn’t be here today,” he said. “It is amazing to see people in Gloucestershire getting behind this appeal and raising such a huge amount of money in such a short amount of time. So well done to all those who got behind the campaign.”

This state-of-the-art equipment’s advanced digital technology will help diagnose patients quicker and reduce waiting times.

Consultant Radiologist at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Dr Garrett McGann said the new scanners are ‘a real step up in image quality and speed.’ “When I started in radiology a whole scan would take about 40 minutes, this new equipment can scan the entire chest in two seconds. One of the new scanners has been specifically set up for heart patients and a whole heart can now be scanned in a quarter of a second,” he said. “For the first time, we have got genuine human obtained artificial intelligence improving our images to an amazing quality we have never seen before.”

The campaign has been so successful, the charity has decided to continue the fundraising appeal to buy further scanning equipment including much-needed extra mobile digital X-ray machines. These machines provide immediate images in situations where every second counts, particularly helping patients too unwell or medically unstable to be moved to the hospital X-ray department.

The ongoing appeal will help people with urgent medical conditions in critical care or needing resuscitation, inpatients with conditions such as cancer or heart disease, children with serious illness and help the neonatal team to give lifesaving treatment for premature babies.

Chief executive of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Deborah Lee, said: “I want to take this opportunity to thank so many people for their generosity helping to raise £1.2m to enable us to bring into our hospitals state-of-the-art imaging equipment. “What has been really fantastic about this appeal is not just the generosity of individuals but how many different groups in our community have got together to support the appeal; from local businesses to former patients and their families and to our own staff who have also gone the extra mile to fundraise, thank you all so much.”

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