The kindness of Lancashire folk has sent the LEP Lifesaver Appeal smashing through the £100,000 milestone.
The Evening Post campaign aims to raise £500,000 for a CT scanner for the Royal Preston Hospital’s emergency department as the hospital is now the Major Trauma Centre for the area.
Having A CT scanner in the A&E department will mean that patients who suffer limb or life threatening injuries after major trauma accidents will be able to have the urgent medical treatment they need even quicker.
Thanks to the generosity of the community who have organised fundraising ventures and made donations, the appeal is now one-fifth of the way towards its £500,000 goal.
Hospital chiefs and appeal bosses today thanked people and urged them to carry on supporting the cause.
Karen Partington, chief executive of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said, “This is a fantastic achievement and testament to the generosity of Lancashire Evening Post readers.
“I’d like to thank everyone who has organised an event, made a donation or supported our fundraising activities and the Lancashire Evening Post for helping us promote this appeal.
“Reaching £100,000 is a great progress in what has been a very busy year with the Queen’s Jubilee, Olympics and Preston Guild and I am sure that together we can build on this and hit our £500,000 target soon.”
Andy Curran, consultant in emergency medicine for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals said, “The CT scanner is a vital piece of equipment for our major trauma centre and will ensure people who unfortunately experience life and limb threatening injuries can receive a quick diagnosis and get the care they need as soon as possible.
“£100,000 is a big step in the right direction and I hope will give everyone a boost to continue their fundraising activities.”
Paula Richardson, Lifesaver Appeal fundraising manager, said, “We now need to build on this success and maintain momentum to reach the final target and buy the CT scanner for the major trauma centre.
“I am keen to build relationships with local businesses and work together to raise funds and have been impressed by the creativity and commitment of local people who have been very supportive.”