Public raises £2m for Royal MRI scanner

Published Monday, 03 June 2013
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The Children's MRI Scanner Appeal has reached its £2m fundraising target for the purchase of an MRI scanner for the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.

Public raises £2m for Royal MRI scanner
The MRI scanner for the hospital will cost at least £4m. (© Pacemaker)

The Lord Mayor of Belfast, Gavin Robinson announced on Monday that the campaign had been successful and the target had been raised through public fundraising and local events.

"It is wonderful to be able to make this announcement on behalf of the four charities involved in the Children`s MRI Scanner Appeal," he said.

"The success of this appeal can be directly attributed to the generosity of the Northern Irish public as the public's fundraising and donations have raised the entire £2m needed.

"An MRI Scanner will increase the access to MRI for sick children in Northern Ireland and many more children will be able to benefit from this treatment as opposed to undergoing different types of investigation which may be invasive or involve radiation."

The charities that joined together for the Children's MRI Scanner Appeal include Helping Hand, Carrickmannon MRI Scanner Children`s Appeal, the Northern Ireland Children's Cancer Unit Fund and the Children's Heartbeat Trust.

The Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children has been the only children's hospital in the UK and Ireland not to have an MRI scanner, and this purchase will help in the treatment of sick children at the hospital.

Sarah Quinlan, Executive Officer of the Children's Heartbeat Trust, said: "The achievement of meeting the £2 million target is a huge success for the Children's MRI Scanner Appeal. It means that the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children can now obtain an extremely important machine, stopping the need to take difficult transfer to the adult facility in the hospital.

"On behalf of the four charities I would like to thank everyone who supported the Children`s MRI Scanner Appeal."

Another £2.75m of funding for the scanner was announced by the Health Minister Edwin Poots in November at the Royal Does Strictly event, which featured UTV's Alison Fleming and Marc Mallett.

The event raised more than £100,000 for the appeal after two sell-out nights.

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Newtownabbey in Newtownabbey wrote (604 days ago):
With reference to will's comment. A lot of people thankfully dont have to use the NHS, I was never near a doctor or hospital until May 2011 when i was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumer. Machines like this MRI scanner in the kids hospital will save lives and detected problems early, something all us parents will be grateful for. Well done everyone who took part in the fundraising. The NHS is something we ALL need to cherish and protect
Ryan in Belfast wrote (605 days ago):
Brilliant news, and a heartfelt congratualtions to those involved in raising the funds. HOWEVER....the question must be asked, WHY do the public need to actively fund raise for hospital equipment? I think a seriously (and local assembly review) is required in to this. People should be given the best healthcare they can - without having to pay for it (other than through tax and NI). Totally ridiculous that they have not yet realised the importance of prioritising care over costs like spending £5m over the last decade on art. Seriously?!
Mark in Newtownabbey wrote (605 days ago):
I think its a damn disgrace that the public had to purchase it. Thats whY we pay our taxes
Paul in Belfast wrote (606 days ago):
I work in the NHS and its true that you only ever hear the bad stories. Believe me if you lived across the border or better still in the states you wouldnt be complaining!!
Hanna McKee in Bangor wrote (606 days ago):
You may rant and rave about the NHS, but there is no such word as 'alot' Don't get me started on 'to' as opposed to 'too' Maybe your NI payments would've been better off being diverted to a better education for yourself?
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