The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust Radiology team are raising money to fund a state of the art 3 Tesla MRI Scanner. Radiologists, Consultants, Sonographers, Nurses and Secretaries from Pinderfields Hospital Radiology team have committed to take part in this year's Great North Run and raise £20,000 towards the new, faster and more advanced scanner.
Singer and television presenter Jane McDonald, who was raised in Wakefield, recently visited the Trust to show her support for the Radiology team and surprised the runners by generously committing to match the funds raised for the new machine.
Speaking to the runners, Jane said;
“I’m thrilled to bits that you’re doing this and as an incentive, I’ll match donations, pound for pound. Well done and good luck!”
An MRI scan can be used to examine almost any part of the body; including the brain, spinal cord, bones and joints. MRI machines play a crucial role in the management of patients, particularly those with cancer, heart disease, and strokes.
The trust has recently installed new scanners at its other hospital sites in Dewsbury and Pontefract and has approved a new Radiology Suite at Pinderfields Hospital.
Official fundraising for the new MRI machine will begin next year in a bid to upgrade the current MRI Scanner at Pinderfields as part of the refurb, which will improve the care of emergency, trauma and paediatric patients. Advanced scanning capabilities will also allow the trust to take part in cutting edge research.
Keith Ramsay, Chairman of the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust and MY Hospitals Charity said;
“The radiology team at Pinderfields Hospital are committed to improving the experience of all our patients and are invested in being at the forefront of cutting edge research. They embody the core values of our Trust in everything they do; taking responsibility for providing the best services and always looking for ways to improve what we do.
“They were keen to hit the ground running – literally - with fundraising plans for 2023 and so have committed to compete in the Great North Run ahead of the official MRI fundraising launch.
“I speak on behalf of everyone at our Trust and say thank you to Jane for her very generous offer to match monies raised.
I wish all the runners the best of luck with the race and their early fundraising target.”
If you would like to donate please visit the Radiology team’s JustGiving page