HERE it is - the state of the art cancer scanner that YOU helped to buy and which is set to save dozens of lives across Doncaster and beyond.
Big-hearted Free Press readers dug deep to raise £600,000 for the new unit at Doncaster Royal Infirmary through our fabulous Scan For Life appeal and the scanner was officially handed over to hospital chiefs in a ribbon-cutting ceremony this week.
Civic dignataries including elected Mayor Peter Davies and civic mayor Eva Hughes joined trustees and supporters of Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust, the charity set up to buy vital life-saving equipment for the region 40 years ago and which spearheaded the campaign along with Doncaster’s number one newspaper.
DCDT chairman Bob Fitzharris said: “Over the last 40 years, everything that has been given has been directed towards the people of Doncaster.
“We now have one of the best machines money can possibly buy. We are proud of all the people who have helped - you have achieved something wonderful and the people of Doncaster can be very proud of that too.”
Doncaster and Bassetlaw NHS Trust Chairman Chris Scholey said: “This is a very important day for us. A very big thank you to DCDT, the Free Press and of course the people of Doncaster who have raised a phenomenal amount of money which I can assure them will be put to excellent use.”
Opposition leader and Doncaster North MP Ed Miliband and Doncaster Central MP Rosie Winterton also praised fund-raising efforts and DCDT secretary Jeannette Fish, at the forefront of the charity’s campaigns for the last 40 years and who was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours for her tireless dedication to improving cancer care facilities in Doncaster.
He said: “People have dug deep over many years and now we can see the results of all that hard work.”
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