A newspaper has pledged to donate 3p for each copy sold in one week towards its £750,000 appeal for an MRI scanner at its local hospital.
The Mansfield Chad aims to raise the funds for the new scanner at King’s Mill Hospital to treat hundreds of thousands of local patients and provide them with a faster diagnosis.
The title has said it will donate 3p to the appeal from each copy sold of its 15 August edition.
And its appeal was given a huge boost after the hospital’s Daffodil Cafe, which is staffed by volunteers, donated £50,000 of its takings towards the appeal, with the total raised now standing at £64,000.
Chad editor Tracy Powell said: “We know that this target is massive, but we really believe that the people of Mansfield and Ashfield can achieve it. In just eight weeks the campaign has reached £64,000, which is absolutely phenomenal.
“We are hearing from people on a daily basis who have either got an idea or an event organised to raise funds for the appeal, or people who have generously offered to donate a venue or equipments or prizes. The support is truly fantastic.
“The first milestone was £50,000 and we have already surpassed that, so we’re now marching forward to our £100,000 mark.”
Bosses at the hospital say the new scanner will revolutionise the service they offer and allow them to diagnose illnesses like cancer at an earlier stage.