Yeovil District Hospital’s appeal to raise £100,000 for a new CT scanner got a kick-start after the Spiritual Pathway Healing Association made a £2000 donation.
Earlier this year, the trustees of the Spiritual Pathway Healing Association held a meeting to decide upon their chosen charity and Janette Jagla, who is Deputy Chair, Treasurer and Trustee of the Association, suggested the CT scanner appeal.
Janette has a personal connection to Yeovil District Hospital after her husband John spent 18 months undergoing treatment in the hospital’s oncology department.
Janette said: “When we told them we were donating they were over the moon and so grateful. We can’t do enough for the oncology department. Over the last 18 months, they’ve been so brilliant and supportive to our whole family.”
Yeovil District Hospital currently has one CT scanner which undertakes 10,000 scans a year.
Although it is in constant use, it must be serviced every few weeks resulting in the hospital having to cope without.
Janette explains: “It’s such an important appeal. So many people need scans and there are long waiting times unless you want to travel to Taunton or Bristol.
“We knew this from our personal experience which prompted us to donate. We wanted to donate to a local hospital which would benefit everyone.”
Sarah Cherry, of Yeovil District Council’s community fundraising team, said: “When we received the phone call in the office that £2000 had been donated towards the CT Scanner Appeal, we were blown away.
“To have the public’s support behind us raising the £100,000 is going to be critical.
“Having a second CT Scanner, will allow us to work more efficiently and scan people faster, this will be especially important in the event of an emergency.
“It will also mean when the one scanner is being serviced there will always be one in operation.”
To donate to the appeal, visit www.justgiving.com/yeovilscanner