Bedford Hospital Charity & Friends (BHC&F) have undertaken a £1 million appeal on behalf of Bedford Hospital Accident and Emergency (A&E) Department, to raise money for:
We need you – people of Bedfordshire and further afield, to walk, swim, run, row, cycle or even rollerskate One Million Miles to raise funds towards a new CT scanner and a new Children’s A&E at Bedford Hospital.
Work is already underway on the paediatric addition to the existing A&E. The CT will provide easy access for all patients in the Accident and Emergency Department making it quicker for staff to obtain vital scans and information about injuries and other conditions.
The charity was delighted to purchase a new state of the art MRI scanner made possible by the bequest of two very generous legacies. At a ceremony on Monday, July 30, 2018, the Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis officially opened the extended MRI scanning suite at Bedford Hospital (South Wing).
The addition of the new equipment will increase the capacity of the MRI unit, bringing a new level of efficiency and more comfort for the patients.
BHC&F initially raised £180,000 to create the first Primrose Clinic in 1993, but with rapid growth in cancer treatment options, the original portacabin structure required could not cope with demand.
The charity therefore ran a huge £2,350,000 fundraising campaign to build a much larger, brand new permanent structure which became operational in 2003 and remains as an excellent facility for cancer treatment in Bedford.
BHC&F ran The Gamma Plus Appeal to raise £600,000 between 2011 and 2013 to purchase a new Gamma Camera with a dedicated CT scanner attached. This allowed images from both CT scan and the radioactive hot spots identified on the Gamma camera to be superimposed to accurately localise where the abnormality was exactly located in the patient.
This was one of the first such specialised Gamma Cameras to be installed in a District Hospital in the country.
One Million Miles is a great way to contribute to the community, keep fit and fundraise so we can continue our life saving work and be there for children in times of need.
Register to take part in the #OneMillionMiles fundraiser and help us raise money for a Children's A&E and a new CT Scanner in the A&E Department at Bedford Hospital. There's no minimum or maximum number of miles to undertake, just whatever you feel comfortable doing!
After registering below, you'll be given a Welcome Pack and then you can create your own fundraising page, or donate to our main JustGiving one. During the fundraiser you'll receive support from the One Million Miles team and be featured on our website to celebrate your amazing achievement. We will be forever grateful!
We welcome challenge, banter or competition:
» Who can cover the most distance?
» Which business adds the most miles towards the Million Miles?
» Within your school which individual, form or year group will cover the most miles walking, running, hopping, skating, swimming or any other inventive ways!
Register to take part in the #OneMillionMiles fundraiser as a business for up to four employees to take part, or as a school or youth organisation (e.g. Brownies, Scouts etc.) for up to 30 participants!
If you don't want to take part in the challenge but still wish to contribute to the fundraiser – then you can donate on our main JustGiving page – every donation, no matter the size will make a difference!
However – if you are wanting to take part and want to collect donations, please register below to receive your Welcome Pack and find out how to create your own linked JustGiving page.
We were founded in 1988 by a group of local people, initially to raise money to refurbish the dilapidated Student Nurse Home at Bedford Hospital South Wing. Since then we have raised £10 million for a number of projects; the largest was £2.35 million to build a new Oncology Unit. This latest fundraiser, One Million Miles, is the brainchild of local businessman Ismail Anilmis DL.
We are extremely grateful to the charity and the community for supporting the department and Bedford Hospital with the purchase of the EBUS scope – this is a great service to the local community and is much appreciated.
The Mini-C-arm provided to the hospital by BHC&F has transformed our hand surgery service. The equipment is top of the range and all surgeons using the machine are delighted! We are very grateful to the charity for supporting this work.