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Fundraising vital in securing Children’s MRI Scanner – Poots

The Health Minister has urged people to dig deep and continue to support the MRI Scanner Appeal for the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.
Friday, 16 November 2012

The Minister recently announced that he will invest £2.75million for the project, which will be complemented by £2million funds raised through the Scanner Appeal. Ongoing running costs will amount to £1.9million annually.

The Minister said: “I am delighted that I have been able to invest £2.75million funding from my Department. But the future of this vital service depends on the support and dedication of those people who have been working so hard to raise the money needed to allow this project to progress.”

The MRI Scanner at the Royal Victoria Hospital for Sick Children will be used in diagnosing a wide range of conditions, including cancer.

The Minister said: “No parent wants their child to suffer any kind of illness, but unfortunately many children do. When this happens, they deserve to have appropriate and easy access diagnostic services. That is why it is so important that we have the scanner in place and that the £2million fundraising target is reached.”

The Minister continued: “In the past week alone I have attended two fundraising events and have been humbled by the remarkable generosity that people have shown towards the appeal.

“I would like to offer my personal thanks to the many men, women and children who have contributed to the tremendous success to date. However, I urge people to continue the momentum to ensure the target is achieved.”

Notes to editors:

1. £2.7million of DHSSPS capital expenditure has been set aside for this project within the coming financial year and the Health and Social Care Board has given its support to this project.

2. The charitable contribution (£2million) made by the MRI Scanner Appeal will go towards the purchase and ongoing running costs of the Scanner over the next seven year period.

3. The total capital cost of the MRI Scanner is estimated at £4million with additional running costs per year of £1.9million.

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