POLICE officers took part in a ‘cops ‘n’ robbers’ event to raise money for a community hospital X-ray machine.
Officers from Mold ran back to the station from the top of Moel Famau on Friday – the same day that fundraisers launched an appeal calendar.
The 2014 calendar depicts various scenes in and around the town as well as hospital staff themselves as efforts are made to reach £200,000 for the new equipment.
Appeals committee member at Mold Community Hospital, Anthony Parry of Dodds Auctioneers, said: “We’re very pleased with the way various groups in the town have responded.
“The hospital serves a big catchment area of about 60,000 people and all the villages in the locality have been doing things to raise money as well.
“The offer to purchase the new X-ray machine was a turning-point in saving some of the facilities at the hospital.
“It was something the health board said they couldn’t ignore when the offer was made.”
Facilities at the hospital had come under threat before an offer was made to raise the funds to supply the new X-ray machine with £100,000 being put up by its League of Friends to set the ball rolling. Since then numerous events have been held to boost the fund further, including a performance at Theatre Clwyd Cymru by comic icon Ken Dodd and a recent masked ball at Soughton Hall, which alone raised over £12,000.
Now Mr Parry is hoping the calendar, as well as the efforts of the police, will edge the appeal closer towards its target with the total raised currently standing at £172,000.
The calendar has been funded by an anonymous benefactor who was impressed with the standard of care his father received while a patient on the hospital’s Clwyd ward.
The photos were taken by locally-based professional London fashion photographer Sheri Banks, David Allen and the Leader newspaper.
The calendars – on sale for £5 each at the hospital – show scenes including Bethesda Chapel, Moel Famau, the Mold Farmers’ Market and the town’s Cenotaph.
All proceeds from sales will be put towards the appeal.