Yeovil CollegeYeovil College staff past and present have donated three cheques to Yeovil District Hospital’s CT scanner appeal, totalling more than £1300.

Over £680 came from sales of a popular charity cookbook.  Called ‘Let’s Cook!’, the book features nearly 50 different recipes donated by members of staff at Yeovil College.  They include delicious cakes and biscuits, yummy desserts and main courses.  All the dishes are tried and tested firm favourites of the staff involved.

Level 1 and 2 Business students at Yeovil College also contributed £300 raised through enterprise projects completed in 2013/14.

The final £330 was presented by former Business lecturer Lorraine Dash and sister Vickie Joslin on behalf of their family.  The money was collected in memory of their late mother, who received treatment at the Hospital.

The ‘Let’s Cook!’ cookbook was the brainchild of Debbie Guppy.  She said “The inspiration for this book has come from Karen Clotworthy, who has been so brave in her ongoing battle with secondary breast cancer and has received treatment at the Hospital.  Thank you to everyone who bought a copy, as well as our former principal James Hampton, Head of Marketing & Communications Lisa Pyrke and Print Room Manager Mike Sullivan for their support in getting this cookbook printed and to all our friends and colleagues who contributed their fantastic recipes.

Mrs Clotworthy said “The shock of my cancer diagnosis and the wonderful support which I’ve received from the staff at Yeovil District Hospital and the Oncology Unit made it an easy choice when Debbie spoke to me about this great idea for a charity fundraising cookbook.  The support I’ve received from my friends and co-workers at Yeovil College are evidenced by this fabulous book and I am delighted that it raised such a lovely amount and will help to provide vital equipment to help others in a similar position.

Bethan Phillips, Sister on the Oncology Unit, said, “We are all right behind the scanner appeal because so many cancer patients have CT scans during their cancer journey. A second scannerwould be fantastic.

Yeovil Hospital is planning to put the donation towards the purchase a second CT scanner.  CT scanners are vital pieces of equipment for patients of all ages and are particularly critical for stroke patients, cancer patients and patients who have suffered a major trauma. Having a second scanner will the Hospital to work more efficiently and scan people faster. The current scanner has to be serviced every few weeks so having a second scanner will mean there is no down-time when scans are unavailable.

To purchase and install the scanner, Yeovil District Hospital needs to raise another £100,000. If you are interested in making a contribution or organising a fundraising event, please contact [email protected] or call the Hospital’s Fundraising Team on 01935 383020. To donate securely online, please go to Cheques can be made payable to ‘Yeovil District Hospital’ and should be sent to: CT Scanner Appeal, Yeovil Hospital, Higher Kingston, BA21 4AT. /

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