Hospital charity extending appeal after “overwhelming” response

Debbie Inskip and Ismail Anilmis of Bedford Hospital Charity and Friends launch the One Million Miles campaign

Trustees of the Bedford Hospital Charity & Friends say they’ve been “overwhelmed” by the public’s and grant-awarding bodies’ responses to their £1hospitalmillion A&E appeal and are now extending the appeal until the summer.

The initial appeal was to help create a dedicated and much enlarged Paediatric A&E department and to install a state-of-the-art CT scanner within the main A&E Department.

As the charity progressed through the appeal, the A&E staff also mentioned other areas that would significantly improve the emergency services they could offer to those needing their urgent care.

Trustees for the charity have therefore decided to extend the appeal so they can purchase a dedicated A&E ultrasound scanner, refurbish the family room within A&E and also upgrade dedicated training facilities for onsite and remote learning for emergency department staff.

A Bedford Hospital Charity & Friends spokesperson said: “We are also aware of several fundraising initiatives that the public are arranging on our behalf, for which we are very grateful, as well as events BHC&F are organising for this appeal.

“In addition, funds raised from events organised in Bedford Borough will be very generously match funded by The Harpur Trust.

“We anticipate reaching our original target of £1million in the next few weeks and will now continue over and above this amount. We expect to conclude the appeal this summer in mid-July.

“Thank you all very much for your incredibly generous support. We will soon have a very up to date Accident and Emergency department of which we can all be very proud.”

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