AN APPEAL for a hospital X-ray machine funded by donations has reached its target.
After more than a year of relentless fundraising, a bumper £120,000 has been raised and an order has been placed for an X-ray machine at Mold Community Hospital.
The announcement was made by Mold Community Hospital’s League of Friends chairman Beryl Powell during a fundraising concert at St Mary’s Church, Mold.
Originally, fundraisers hoped to raise around £200,000 for the X-ray machine, with a pledge of £100,000 from the League of Friends, but they were told an
X-ray machine of that size would require extensive building work to install.
For that reason, they downgraded the size of the machine, meaning they were able to purchase it using money entirely raised by members of the public.
Mrs Powell said: “There will be sufficient money to buy the machine, and the nice thing is that the people have paid for it.
“Everyone has been marvellous really with donations large and small.
“It will take a little bit of time to put everything together when we get it and the X-ray [unit] will have to close for about six weeks.”
Mrs Powell said the machine was expected for delivery in February.
The fundraising drive came after a healthcare review in 2012 in which Mold Community Hospital was picked out as one of the possible sites to be downgraded.
Like others within the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board area, Mold’s Minor Injuries Unit and the X-ray facilities were selected for removal.
The decision caused anger and protest and the League of Friends pledged to raise enough money for the machine, which has played a major part in retaining health services for the town. Mrs Powell said: “From the smallest to the biggest donations, everybody has thrown themselves into it.
“The people of Mold should be justly proud of what they have achieved.”
The health board’s decision to reverse the downgrading of Mold Hospital was conditional on funds being raised for the X-ray machine.
Among the events which helped to raise the money was a charity show by comedian Ken Dodd, a lunch with actress Maureen Lipman, a masked ball at Soughton Hall, a secret concert and a series of sponsored runs, collections, coffee mornings and a calendar organised by individuals and groups.
This week, the concert at St Mary’s Church in Mold was held, as well as an event at Soughton Hall on Wednesday.
The league will now turn its attention to trying to raise funds for an ultrasound machine at the hospital.