Tameside Hospital £1m CT Scanner Appeal

 

If you have any ideas on fundraising events and want to get involved by supporting the Scanner Appeal, contact Angie by emailing  angie.wild@tgh.nhs.uk.

Any donations can be made via the Just Giving Page at https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/tangscanner

 

 

February 27th, 2019 

Valentine date raises £6,000

(Pictures – Tameside hospital coders, Tameside Hospital coding team)

(Pictures – Tameside Hospital coding team)

The Tameside Hospital £1m CT Scanner appeal is feeling the love after receiving an incredible £6,000 boost.

Members of the hospital’s Clinical Coding Department organised a Valentine’s Extravaganza, including a huge raffle draw offering up some amazing prizes.

Among gifts that could be won included £2,500 off a European Jet 2 holiday, a box at Manchester City, tickets to see Lancashire at Old Trafford among many, many more.

Hospital Chief Executive Karen James had the honour of making the draw.

This week she praised the hospital team for their amazing efforts.

“It was a big responsibility to join our Clinical Coding Department to draw the raffle at their Valentine’s Extravaganza, in aid of our Scanner Appeal,” said Karen.

“The whole team had got involved, sourcing prizes and selling tickets, as well as baking delicious cakes, including personalised Valentine cupcakes.

“In all there were 50 great prizes to be won and many happy winners in Astley House that afternoon.

“Our Appeal is now a whopping £6,000 the better, thanks to our brilliant Clinical Coders.”

The latest fundraising efforts mean the total raised so far has already soared past the £40,000 sum and presently stands at more than £48,000.

• The Clinical Coding Department would like to thank all of the following for their generous donations: Jet2, Nigel Downing & Phil Hudson of Assembly Techniques Ltd, Lancashire Cricket Foundation, La Reserva Aparthotel, Buyagift.com, Ashton-Under-Lyne Golf Club, Oldham Coliseum, All Star Lanes, Twins Firwood Carpets, Joseph Holt Brewery, Heroes, Mucky Pups, Makeup by Lindsay, Michelle Street Hairdressing, Rachel at Headquarters, The Lounges, Old Cross Tapas & Grill, Makeup by Talia, The White Hart, Asha’s, Village Brasserie, Flip Out, The Sheldon Arms, Nando’s, Cineworld, Amaani, Giovanni’s, Queen’s Arms, Tokies, The Curry Lounge, Absolute Hair & Beauty, Claire Wray Beauty, Doodle Pots, Zoey at DB Beauty Academy, Katie at Exclusive Hair and Beauty, Majestic Barbers, Escape Reality, Total Ninja, Chuckles, Candolim, The Hartshead Inn, Bella Italia, Tranquility, Smith Knight Fay (Oldham) Volkswagen, Jenny’s Sweet Treats, Zest, Jessica Cooke, Beauty by Laura Jane, Beauty by Jess, AMH Hair, Lashes by Rebecca, Adam Griffiths PT, Jon Lally PT, Cake a Doodle Day, The Cake Box, Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS FT, Angie Wild for all her help and support.

And of course….all of the members of the amazing Clinical Coding Team.

 

Freemasons’ donation

Members of the Ashton and Mossley District Freemasons have made a donation to the hospital scanner appeal.

Master Edward Wilkinson and Graham Ellershaw visited the hospital to present a cheque for £200 towards the purchase of the new, £1m state-of-the-art scanner.

Hospital chief executive Karen James and Head of Fundraising for the appeal  Angie Wilde accepted the generous donation from the Freemasons and thanked them for the cheque.

 

February 20th, 2020

Knitters unite for appeal

(Picture – Droylsden library knitting group)

Droylsden knitters have raised more than £500 for the Tameside Hospital £1m CT Scanner Appeal.

The Droylsden Library Knitting Group presented the tremendous sum of £500.14 to the appeal’s head of fundraising Angie Wild.

The money was raised from the proceeds of two pre-Christmas sales when the group sold items they had made including babywear, hats and small Christmas stocking ornaments.

The group get together every Friday from 1pm to 3pm to knit, crochet, chat, share knowledge and ideas - and are pictured here in action.

Other groups who would like to lend their support to the hospital appeal can contact Angie via email at angie.wild@tgh.nhs.co.uk

You can also donate to the appeal direct at https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/tangscanner

 

February 13th, 2020

Appeal hits £40,000

Tameside Hospital’s appeal to raise £1m for a new state-of-the-art CT scanner has soared past £40,000 already.

Groups and organisations across the region have pledged to raise funds for the new scanner.

While more businesses and schools are now on board selling the Jigsaw badges on behalf of the appeal.

Droylsden Knitting group, the Young at Heart community group who meet at Ashton’s Broadoak centre, and the Wednesday Welcome group who meet at St John’s Church in Ashton are just some of the latest organisations to rally round to help raise funds.

While today (Thursday) the Hospital’s Clinical Coding Department will be holding a Valentine’s Extravaganza with some amazing prizes.

The whole team have organised a raffle with more than 50 amazing prizes, including a chance to win a box at Manchester City, two tickets to see Lancashire at Old Trafford, return flights to any European destination and the star prize of £2,500 off a Jet2 holiday. Plus they will be hosting a cake sale,  in Astley House from 10am this morning.

And the fantastic Mandy’s Angels fundraising team - established in memory of Mandy Turner who spearheaded the first £1m scanner appeal for the hospital 30 years ago - are now up and fundraising.

They are looking forward to their 80s night event at Denton Labour Club at the end of this month, which is already a sell out. 

Head of Fundraising for Tameside and  Glossop’s Scanner Appeal, Angie Wild, said: “The total raised stands at £40,103 which is a fantastic amount in a short time. Thanks a million to everyone for supporting our appeal and I’m sure with some major fundraisers taking place this month that we will soon be on our way to hitting £50,000.”

If you would like to support the appeal with a fundraising idea or would like the jigsaw pin badges to sell, contact Angie for details by emailing her at angie.wild@tgh.nhs.uk

You can also donate at the JustGiving page https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/tangscanner

 

January 30th, 2020

Angels off to a flyer

(Picture – Mandy’s angels Asda Hyde)

An 80s’ night fundraiser promoted by Mandy’s Angels on behalf of the Tameside Hospital £1m CT scanner appeal is already a sell-out.

The fundraising event is being organised by the group in memory of Mandy Turner - who spearheaded a campaign to raise £1m for a scanner at the hospital exactly 30 years ago.

Now the hospital is hoping to do it all over again to buy a brand new scanner, in an appeal backed by the Tameside Reporter and Tameside Radio.

After the 80s’ night was promoted on Tameside Radio by Mandy’s Angels and soon after the Reporter and Chronicle hit the streets last Thursday, all 200 tickets for the event had been snapped up.

The group had been planning to sell the tickets at Asda in Hyde on Saturday, plus collect funds for the appeal following their official launch last week.

But before they had even set up stall, the tickets had gone.

That didn’t stop the group selling jigsaw badges for the appeal and collecting donations for the fund though at Asda where they raised more than £200 for the appeal.

Mandy’s Angels are Mandy’s sister Sharon, Mandy’s best friend Joanne Wilding and her daughter Siobhan Amanda (named in Mandy’s memory), plus head of fundraising for the appeal Angie Wild and Tracy Smith.

The 80s’ night will be staged at the end of next month at Denton Labour Club and promises to be a fabulous and successful night with raffles and an auction set to keep the vital funds rolling in.

Watch out for Mandy’s Angels as they continue with other fundraisers, plus plan other big events for throughout the year - just watch this space or find out more on their own Facebook page.

Don’t forget, you can join in with fundraisers, help Mandy’s Angels or stage your own event - just email Angie with details of what you would like to do at angie.wild@tgh.nhs.uk

Plus you can also donate online at justgiving.com/campaign/tangscanner

 

January 23rd, 2020

Angles fly in

(Picture – Mandy’s Angels)

When Head of Fundraising for Tameside and  Glossop’s Scanner Appeal Angie Wild was appointed at the Trust her first through was: ‘Gosh, £1 million to raise for a CT Scanner’.

Then she thought about Mandy Jane Turner’s Scanner Appeal back in the 80s, how inspirational she was and the massive amount she raised - an outstanding £2.5m.

Angie began to think of a way of contacting Mandy’s family and friends to see if they would be willing to help her raise £1 million.

After sending several messages out via her facebook page asking local people, Angie was contacted by Sharon Turner, Mandy’s sister.

As soon as Angie spoke to Sharon she knew straight away that the memory of her dear sister was very much alive and the Scanner Appeal would continue the legacy that Mandy had left in the hearts of her family and the whole of Tameside.

Angie then had a call from Joanne Wilding.

Jo was Mandy’s best friend and immediately wanted to help with the new appeal.

She then told Angie about her wonderful daughter Siobhan Amanda - named in Mandy’s memory.

A few months on and the fantastic support Mandy’s sister and friends have given to the Scanner has been an absolute asset.

Sharon shared her memories of Mandy in emotional interviews with the Tameside Reporter and Tameside radio.

Sharon said: “If Mandy can do it, so can we.”

This was a very emotional and powerful statement and a statement that is evident in everything the Appeal does.

This week Sharon, Joanne, and Siobhan officially launched their community support group ‘Mandy’s Angels’ alongside Angie in loving memory of Mandy.

Mandy’s Angels will be out and about in the communities of Tameside selling the appeal jigsaw badges, raising awareness of the Appeal and helping to fundraise in other ways too.

Angie Wild said: “I am absolutely delighted and so honoured that Mandy’s Angels are part of our Appeal and want to say a massive thank you for their invaluable support so far.

“Mandy’s legacy will live on in all we do.”

‘Mandy’s Angels’ will be holding their first fundraiser at Asda in Hyde this Saturday and you can go along to see them, share memories about Mandy’s appeal and donate to the new £1m appeal.

They will be selling the Jigsaw Badges in support of the appeal (available for a suggested donation of £2) plus tickets for their first big fundraiser in memory of Mandy - an 80s night as reported in last week’s Reporter and Chronicle.

The uniquely themed ‘80s party night is being staged at Denton Labour Club, Ashton Road, Denton, on February 28.

The memorable night will include songs and sounds from special guests vocal entertainer Alisha Mckaye, who will be belting out all the hits from the likes of Yazoo, Blondie, Alison Moyet, Fleetwood Mac and more, who will be performing alongside fabulous DJ Paul Akehurst.

Tickets for the night cost just £10 and there will be raffles, an auction, delicious food and lots, lots more.

The party gets started at 8pm and will go on until the clock strikes 12.

All the money raised in memory of Mandy will go to the new £1m CT scanner appeal.

Tickets will be available from Mandy’s Angels on Saturday and also head of fundraising for the appeal Angie Wild - just email her at angie.wild@tgh.nhs.uk

• If you would like to be part of Mandy’s Angels please contact angie.wild@tgh.nhs.uk. Alternatively if you would help raise vital funds by hosting your own fundraiser please contact Angie.

You can also donate direct to the appeal at justgiving.com/campaign/tangscanner

And to help raise the £1m to buy the new scanner in memory of Mandy, the Mandy’s Angels have set up their own Facebook page where you can also stay up to date with their latest fundraising plans.

 

January 16th, 2020

‘80s party night in memory of Mandy

(Picture – Mandy Turner)

Fabulous fundraisers will be turning back the clock to the 80s next month in special memory of Mandy Turner.

For it was exactly 30 years ago this month that the Reporter threw its weight behind one of the biggest, most ambitious fundraising appeals the area had ever seen - all inspired by Mandy’s heartbreaking story.

The 21-year-old from Ashton had been given just six months to live after being diagnosed with a rare cancer of the muscles and body tissues.

But when she needed a scan as part of her treatment, she had to be taken by taxi to Manchester University because Tameside Hospital did not have a scanner of its own.

Thus began a £1m appeal to buy a desperately needed CT scanner for Tameside.

Friends and neighbours were so moved by Mandy’s brave fight for life and the need for a scanner locally, that they decided to launch an appeal for the hospital in her name.

Shining star Mandy became the appeal’s driving force and amazingly, the £1 million target was achieved in just months.

Twelve weeks before ‘her’ scanner was to be installed, Mandy attended a press conference where she held the brass plaque that is still on the wall at Tameside Hospital, proudly displaying ‘The Amanda Jane Turner Scanner Suite.’

Mandy sadly passed away on August 22, 1990. It was revealed she went above and beyond her goal, with the final total coming in at an astounding £2.5 million.

The Duchess of Kent opened the scanner that Mandy worked so hard to bring to Tameside Hospital  with the suite used for the first time by a 10-year-old girl.

Fast forward three decades and a new scanner is now urgently needed again - and once more we are all proud to be playing a part.

And that includes Mandy’s family and friends, including her sister Sharon - the aptly named Mandy’s Angels.

In special memory of Mandy - who grew up in the ‘80s - a uniquely themed ‘80s party night is being staged at Denton Labour Club, Ashton Road, Denton, on February 28.

The memorable night will include songs and sounds from special guests vocal entertainer Alisha Mckaye, who will be belting out all the hits from the likes of Yazoo, Blondie, Alison Moyet, Fleetwood Mac and more, who will be performing alongside fabulous DJ Paul Akehurst.

Tickets for the night cost just £10 and there will be raffles, an auction, delicious food and lots, lots more.

The party gets started at 8pm and will go on until the clock strikes 12.

All the money raised in memory of Mandy will go to the new £1m CT scanner appeal.

Tickets are available from head of fundraising for the appeal Angie Wild - just email her at angie.wild@tgh.nhs.uk

• Don’t forget, there are lots of ways to get involved in the scanner appeal.

Plenty of events and fundraisers are already on the cards for the year ahead, but more ideas are always needed to achieve the £1m target.

You can contact Angie Wild with all your fundraising ideas and for support and donate direct at justgiving.com/campaign/tangscanner

 

Taking time to support appeal

(Picture - Richie Thompson)

You could say at 82 Richie Thompson is a man with time on his hands... but Richie, who is from Liverpool and now lives in Widnes, has been putting his spare time to good use.

He has been mending watches and replacing batteries for friends and family, and has raised £50 for the Tameside Hospital CT Scanner Appeal.

Richie says he’s very supportive of the NHS as it has taken good care of him and he wants to give a little back.

His daughter, Annemarie Thompson, is the hospital’s Preceptorship Lead Nurse, supporting newly qualified colleagues, and says her mum and dad have been happily married for 55 years.

She says he wanted to support an initiative that will benefit the hospital where she works and knows the importance of detecting illnesses quickly.

Hospital Chief Karen James says she’s truly amazed by the kind-hearted people who want to help raise the funds needed to provide a much-needed CT scanner. 

She says: “I know £1milllion is a lot of money, but it’s because of support from people like Richie that I’m convinced we will make it happen.”

 

January 9th, 2020

Scanner appeal tops £36,000

(Picture – Hospital fundraiser)

As the new year dawned the Tameside Hospital £1m CT Scanner Appeal was already on course to hit £40,000.

Head of fundraising for the appeal Angie Wild said there had already been a fantastic response to the appeal - although of course there was still a long way to go.

“It’s been a very busy three months and we’ve had so much support already,” she said.

“Thanks a million to everyone who has helped so far - to everyone who has bought one of the jigsaw badges, arranged a fundraiser and helped to spread the word. You have all been fantastic.”

Many more fundraising events are in the pipeline to kick start the new year and keep the appeal hurtling towards the £1m needed to buy the scanner.

“There’s still plenty of time to get involved,” added Angie.

“If anyone doesn’t have a box of badges then please call into the enquiries desk at Hartshead South at the hospital where they have a supply. Any donations for the appeal can also be handed in at the same location.”

“If your business, school, group or organisation can take a box of badges or if you have any fundraising ideas for the new year we would love to hear from you.”

Just before Christmas staff at the made a special festive video dedicated to the Scanner Appeal, which you can still view on our website at www.questmedianetwork.co.uk/news/tameside

Released in time for the festive season, the video is introduced by Tameside and Glossop NHS Trust Chief Executive Karen James, before staff burst into a specially created song for the appeal, to the tune of Joe Cocker’s song ‘You Can Leave Your Hat On’.

Also included in the video is the new 2020 calendar, which has been released by the Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust. It features images of the hospital’s porters team and copies are still on sale to help raise funds for the appeal.

The appeal received a £700 plus boost just in time for Christmas thanks to 55 staff at the hospital’s medical records team.

They raised extra funds by creating three fabulous hampers which were then raffled off.

Staff donated food, alcohol and scented gifts for the giant hampers with supervisors Sherrilee Jones and Karen Pendlebury going around the hospital to sell raffle tickets.

Other staff members Freda Brereton, Simon Wood, Michelle Cassin, Jenny Willocks and Matthew Adam donated their Kevin and Katie Carrots family to raffle off which proved highly popular.

All the staff in the department really got into the Christmas spirit by donating for the appeal and the management team and supervisors would like to thank all who supported the good cause.

A total of £732.40 was raised for the appeal as a result.

The appeal was launched back in September, with the aim of raising £1 million for a new CT scanner for the Ashton-based hospital - and is being backed by Quest Media Network Ltd.

You can also donate to the appeal online at https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/tangscanner.

For more information about the appeal, email co-ordinator Angie Wild at angie.wild@tgh.nhs.uk.

 

November 21st, 2019

Supporting the scanner appeal

(Picture - St Damian’s supports the scanner appeal)

Pupils at St Damians RC Science College have been hard at work helping to support our Tameside Hospital Scanner Appeal by selling badges in school.

The pupils at the school on Lees Road in Ashton have got into the charity spirit by taking donations on behalf of the appeal.

The appeal is looking to raise £1 million to fund a new CT scanner for the hospital.

Badges are available at locations across Tameside to support the appeal, for a suggested donation of £2.

You can also donate online at https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/tangscanner.

For more information about the appeal, email co-ordinator Angie Wild at angie.wild@tgh.nhs.uk.

 

October 17th, 2019

Let’s do it for Mandy

(Pictures – Mandy’s sister Sharon)

It only seems like yesterday that Ashton’s very own Mandy Turner became the face of Tameside Hospital’s first scanner appeal from 1989 to 1990 – with her target of   £1 million smashed in just 31 weeks.

Local folk rallied around the youngster, whose sheer determination inspired schools, businesses, pubs and clubs to dig deep and donate to the cause, as detailed in a scrapbook full of fundraising efforts the combined press covered.

Twenty-eight years on, the Trust is once again launching an ambitious appeal to raise another £1 million to buy a much-needed second CT scanner, an appeal that brings back powerful memories of Mandy, who gave her all to help despite a rare muscular cancer diagnosis.

Keeping those memories close is Sharon Turner, who recalls her sister as a “loving, happy girl” who adored children, but sadly passed away aged just 21.

“She was the best person to do the appeal. And I knew she’d do it. I can’t remember quite how it came about… but it was non-stop for her,” Sharon explained.

“She would get so tired. So to prepare for meetings she would get herself into bed and rest, to store up enough energy so she could go to all these presentations and meetings – I remember her staying in bed in preparation before going to London for the Best of British Youth award given by Gary Lineker.”

Mandy spoke of her tiredness to the Reporter in May 1990, who noted that she now had an inoperable new growth on the back of her left knee and had not felt well enough to attend some ceremonies in connection with the appeal.

She said: “My leg is painful and I am sleeping nearly all the time. After I had 18 hours sleep on Sunday, I decided to go out but felt so tired my eyes were closing and I had to come back home.”

Despite being in considerable pain, Mandy frequently battled symptoms to get out into the community and say thank you to generous Tamesiders for their help.

In a scrapbook lovingly made by Sharon’s daughter and gifted to her for Christmas, all the clippings kept of Mandy’s hard work speak for themselves.

The pages detail hundreds of fundraising efforts from the community and further afield, such as actor Bill Pilkington braving a lock-in at a haunted cottage overnight, sponsored swims, raffles, discos and even a sponsored plaster cast signed by guests at a wedding.

One article showed the plight of 11-year-old Amanda Roper, who was busy fundraising with friends at a street stall in Ashton when her bike was stolen – but was still pleased the group made £115.94 for their efforts.

“There were all sorts, sponsored silences, sponsored walks, sponsored events at pubs – there was even a sponsored bed race where people pushed beds on wheels down a hill,” laughed Sharon.

Mandy even opened the brand new £130,000 medical centre in the West End of Ashton, the practise of Dr Prem Agarwal and Dr Harjinder Bachu, who had been treating her since the beginning of her illness the previous year.

“What Mandy has done in six months of illness could not have been matched by someone with 60 years of health,” said Dr Agarwal.

Even when she was very ill, Mandy was still diligently writing letters from her hospital bed encouraging people to “carry on with the good work”, with her campaigning rightfully earning her the prestigious “Best of British Youth” award.

Twelve weeks before ‘her’ scanner was to be installed, Mandy attended a press conference where she held the brass plaque that is still on the wall at Tameside Hospital, proudly displaying ‘The Amanda Jane Turner Scanner Suite.’

“I am feeling poorly, but it would not have mattered how ill I was today,” she told reporters – adding that the six months she had been given to live had now gone.

“In 12 weeks there will be a double celebration. I will be 22, and I’ll still be alive… we will have the scanner and we will go on from there.”

Mandy sadly passed away on August 22, 1990. It was revealed she went above and beyond her goal, with the final total coming in at an astounding £2.5 million.

The Duchess of Kent opened the scanner that Mandy worked so hard to bring to Tameside Hospital in October, with the suite used for the first time by a 10-year-old girl.

It was her wish that the first person to benefit from the scanner was to be a child.

Mandy’s love of children also proved part of her legacy with the extra cash going towards incubators at the hospital and morphine pumps.

As Tameside Hospital is launching another appeal for a second scanner, Sharon has found herself thinking of Mandy all the more, and hopes Tameside will come together as they once did for her sister.

It is an especially emotional time following the passing of their dad Les, who was incredibly proud of Mandy’s achievements.

“My dad passed away earlier this year and I like to imagine that they’re together – she’s probably doing the same up there as what she did here,” Sharon said.

“I just hope that everyone gets behind the appeal. The people of Tameside were so, so generous and whether it was because she was just a young girl – if they think about her from the first time round they can do it again.”

If you would like to get involved you can contact Angie Wild, the scanner campaign appeal manager by emailing: angie.wild@tgh.nhs.uk or visit our website for more details about the appeal.

 

October 10th, 2019

Angie heads up Scanner Appeal

(Picture – Angie Wild)

The £1m campaign to buy a new state-of-the-art CT Scanner for Tameside Hospital is up and running.

CT scanning is vital in the prevention, detection and treatment of many illnesses and diseases, and the purchase of the scanner will make a huge difference in the care of residents across the area.

Unique jigsaw badges - already becoming the recognisable symbol of the campaign - are becoming more widely available at pubs, offices and restaurants, with voluntary organisations, community groups and individuals contacting us and the hospital to find out how to play their part.

Suggested donations for the pin badges are from just £2 - so be sure to look out, buy yours and wear it with pride.

We can also reveal this week that Angie Wild is to lead and coordinate the Scanner Appeal.

She says she’s delighted to have been appointed and can’t wait to get started.

An award-winning driving force in the fundraising world, Angie was a Public Health programme officer at Tameside Council for 38 years until her recent early retirement.

But she is best known to many for having been credited with raising almost £100,000 for charities across Tameside and Glossop, while two years ago she received the Queen’s Award - the highest honour given to volunteer groups across the UK - with other volunteers at Willow Wood Hospice.

Angie said: “I started my fundraising journey following the death of my dear mother-in-law Kathleen eight years ago. I decided to give back something to help local charities to continue supporting people of Tameside.

“I have built up a wealth of experiences of community- based fundraising on a voluntary basis in my spare time, and I’ve developed amazing relationships with members of the community, local businesses and schools.

“My motto has always been ‘if you don’t ask you don’t get’. Fundraising becomes a bug and once you start you don’t want to stop, and I want to focus my energy on getting our wonderful hospital the CT scanner it so desperately needs.”

Trust Chief Executive Karen James said: “I can’t think of  anyone better than Angie to lead the appeal. We know it won’t be easy - £1 million is a lot of money, but with the support of the people of Tameside and Glossop, and Angie’s endless energy and can do attitude I’m convinced we will make it happen.”

 

October 10th, 2019

Radiology team back hospital appeal

(Picture – Radiology team)

The radiology team at Tameside Hospital is fully behind the £1m CT Scanner Appeal - knowing the difference a new scanner will make.

Why is it so urgent? Well, medical imaging plays a vital role in the early detection, diagnosis and treatment of patients and is key to rapid treatment in emergency situations.

A computerised tomography (CT) scan combines a series of X-ray images taken from different angles around your body and uses computer processing to create cross-sectional images (slices) of the bones, blood vessels and soft tissues inside your body.

CT scan images provide more-detailed information than plain X-rays do.

A CT scan has many uses, but it’s particularly well suited to quickly examine people who may have internal injuries from car accidents or other types of trauma.

A CT scan can be used to visualise nearly all parts of the body and is used to diagnose disease or injury, as well as to plan medical, surgical or radiation treatment.

Medical imaging can be the difference between prompt treatment and unnecessary delay.

So how can you help?

As well as buying the badges - listen out for Angie on Tameside Radio - plus watch this space as we share a whole host of fundraising ideas of how you can get involved.

But if you would like to donate, a JustGiving page has now been set up where you can place donations.

Just go to https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/tangscanner to read more about the appeal - and thank you for your help.

 

October 3rd, 2019

Campaign off to a flying start

(Pictures – Chair of Quest, Chris Bird and Reporter Editor, Nigel Skinner at the launch of the Hospital Campaign)

Tameside Hospital’s campaign to raise £1m to buy a new CT Scanner is off to a flying start.

The new campaign was officially launched last Wednesday - coinciding with the ‘New Beginning’ launch for our very own media business - Quest Media Network.

Staged at Portland Basin in Ashton it proved a wonderful opportunity to spread the word about the campaign and show off the first Tameside Hospital Scanner Appeal badges.

Boxes of the badges are available now to all interested outlets, pubs, shops, stores, garages - anywhere happy to sell them for a small suggested donation of £2 to help raise funds for the vital scanner.

Among those attending on the night was Cllr Denise Ward.

Once she found out about the scanner appeal she and her neighbours decided to pledge the proceeds of their annual fundraiser to the appeal.

Co-incidentally, Denise’s 80-year-old mum had recently been diagnosed with lung cancer after her GP referred her to Tameside Hospital. 

Luckily, a CT scan picked up the disease in its early stages and her doctors say she’s well on the road to recovery.

Denise, who represents Denton North East Ward, and was the Civic Mayor of Tameside last year, explained: “My mum, Mary Pat Murray had a cough and went to see her GP who sent her straight away to the hospital.

“Without the scan we wouldn’t have known it was cancer until maybe it could have been too late. It shows how important the need for a new machine is.

“When I told my good friends in Broomfield about the appeal they all agreed the £150 proceeds from our barbecue should go towards it.

“I’ve given mum one of the jigsaw badges and she’s wearing it - and wants others to also show their support.”

Tameside Hospital Chief Executive Karen James says Mary’s story shows just how important early detection can be.

“Medical imaging plays a vital role in the early detection, diagnosis and treatment of patients across our hospital,” she said.

“Through this appeal we aim to significantly improve the experience for local people who have a wide range of conditions.

“We know a CT scan can be the difference between prompt treatment and unnecessary delay; we already have a scanner, which is in constant use, and need a second modern and up-to-date machine to cope with the growing health needs of the people of Tameside and Glossop.

“I am grateful to the Broomfield residents for becoming the first to support our appeal, and start the ball rolling.”

If you can help raise money for the hospital scanner appeal contact Angela Wild, who is managing the scanner appeal, on angywild@yahoo.co.uk.

 

September 26th, 2019

Help us to raise £1m

(Pictures - Trust chair Jane McCall, Radiology manager Helen Johnson and chief exec Karen James)

The Reporter and Chronicle together with Tameside Radio is proud to officially launch a major new campaign this week to raise £1 million for a new CT scanner for Tameside Hospital.

The money will help buy the vital equipment which will help diagnose, treat and, in some instances, prevent illness and disease, including stroke and cancer among the 250,000 people the hospital serves.

The £1m appeal was officially launched last night at a special event in association with the newspapers and radio station at Portland Basin in Ashton.

Tameside Hospital chief executive Karen James explained why the need for the new scanner right now has become so urgent.

“Medical imaging plays a vital role in the early detection, diagnosis and treatment of patients across our hospital, and is key to rapid treatment in emergency situations,” said Karen.

“A CT scan has many uses, but it’s particularly well suited to quickly examine people who may have internal injuries from car accidents or other types of trauma, and is very important in the diagnosis of cancer and monitoring its treatment.

“A CT scan can be used to visualise nearly all parts of the body and is very important in planning the type of medical, surgical or cancer treatment required.

“The new scanner will significantly improve the experience for local people who have a wide range of conditions.

“We know medical imaging can be the difference between prompt treatment and unnecessary delay; we already have a CT scanner, which is in constant use, and need a second modern and up-to-date machine to cope with the growing health needs of the people we serve.”

Already pubs, offices, voluntary organisations and community groups have promised their help for the campaign.

Unique jigsaw-shaped badges have also been created which are going on sale now at the hospital and at numerous locations across the region. They are available to buy for a suggested donation of £2.

Karen added: “We know that trying to raise a £1 million in these challenging times is going to be difficult.

“But if we were to all make a small donation and buy just one piece of jigsaw - then all those donations together will enable us to complete our ambition, and get our hospital this much needed machine.”

We will be reporting on the campaign and the benefits the scanner can bring each and every week - plus watch out for our crowdfunding campaign on behalf of the appeal.

Plus look out too for the jigsaw badges - and help get our scanner appeal off to a great start.

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