Latimer Hinks, one of the North East’s leading law firms, has continued its programme of local charitable activities by contributing towards the installation of two MRI scanners.
The Darlington-based solicitors has donated £7,500 towards the Darlington and Bishop Auckland Hospitals MRI Scanner Appeal, a fundraising initiative launched to bring the latest state-of-the-art MRI scanning technology to our communities.
The appeal, which is being run by the Charity of County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, aims to raise £2.5m for the scanners which will provide much improved scan images and a better experience for patients.
The £7,500 donation will go towards the £648,000 raised towards the installation of the scanners. The specialist facilities that will house Darlington’s scanner are still under construction, but the Bishop Auckland’s scanner is already being put to use.
Latimer Hinks’ contribution has been made through its County Durham Community Foundation fund, which it recently increased by £20,000 after its 125th year fundraising efforts.
The team have chosen to support the Darlington and Bishop Auckland MRI Scanner Appeal in honour of colleague Helen Thomas who sadly died from cancer in July 2016.
Anne Elliott, Chief Executive of Latimer Hinks, said: “We have made it our mission in our 125th year to support local charities, especially those that did so much to help Helen.
“Having the most up to date technologies in place will aid the early detection of diseases, including cancer. We hope that our donation goes some way to help achieve the total needed, and just as important encourage others to donate.”
Pat Chambers, Charity Manager for County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, said: "We were over the moon with the incredible generosity of the team at Latimer Hinks Solicitors. Knowing that so many people have contributed towards raising this phenomenal amount is very humbling.
“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'd love the whole community, including individuals, companies, schools, sports clubs etc, to support us because every penny counts. After all, you never know when you or a loved one might need a scan.”
To donate visit CDDFT Charity MRI Scanner Appeal “justgiving” website at www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/cddft/mriscannersappeal
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