A Shildon man is celebrating winning a car in a raffle which
raised money to bring state of the art MRI scanners to Darlington
Memorial and Bishop Auckland Hospitals.
Billy Salmon bought a single raffle ticket in Bishop Auckland
market square and was stunned when he received the call telling him
he'd won first prize - a brand new Vauxhall Viva.
Billy and his wife, Mandy, who are both retired, often buy
raffle tickets supporting local charities but describe this as by
far their biggest win.
Commenting, Billy said, "I was shocked but over the moon when I
heard we had won the car and it's particularly great that the
raffle was in aid of such an important local cause. Although
I'm fortunate never to have needed an MRI scan myself, I appreciate
the huge benefits this equipment will bring."
The appeal has attracted very generous donations from
individuals and organisations alike, ranging from a few pounds to
several thousand pounds. Fundraising will continue throughout
Dr Elizabeth Loney, Clinical Director for Radiology at County
Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, said, "MRI scans are
particularly good at looking at soft tissues. Tremendous advances
in technology over recent years mean they can be enormously helpful
in diagnosing cancer, heart conditions, strokes and many other
health issues. Scans can also give doctors information that
previously required the patient to undergo surgery or another
invasive procedure as part of the investigation of their
symptoms. Crucially, MRI scanners don't use radiation, unlike
"MRI scans are so useful we're doing more of them each
year. In the last year alone the number of MRI scans has
increased by 11%.
"An MRI scanner is one of the most expensive pieces of
equipment a hospital will ever purchase and with the NHS facing
huge financial challenges we need to seek public help in buying
them. "We've already had donations from people happy
with the care they or a loved one has received, regardless of
whether they had a scan. We still need the local community,
including individuals, companies, schools, sports clubs etc, to
support us by holding events such as coffee mornings, cake sales
and sponsored activities in aid of the Scanner Appeal. Every pound
counts. After all, you never know when you or a loved one
might need a scan."
Published 19 December 2017
'I cannot commend the clinic enough. It is marvellous we
have this service at all and well done to you all.'
Patient, Coronary Heart Disease / Heart Failure Service, Shotley
Bridge Community Hospital