A group of local volunteers have now raised over £2.2million to provide equipment and facilities for Harrogate Hospital to improve the patient experience.

The ‘Friends of Harrogate Hospital’ group was first founded in 1966 and after 55 years is still going strong.

The volunteers listen to frontline hospital staff requests for equipment and facilities which could not be funded from the NHS budget at the time.

And they then get to work on various fundraising campaigns which have totalled more than £2.2million to date.

Andy Wilkinson, Chair of the ‘Friends of Harrogate Hospital’, said:

“The Friends have purchased thousands of items ranging from the first contribution of flower holders for the old Harrogate General Hospital in 1967 to providing a retina camera (RetCam3) for premature babies to detect and prevent permanent blindness when the veins behind the retina have not matured in the womb, costing £94,080.”

Another of the group’s most notable campaigns came when they raised £335,000 to house the Hospital’s first MRI Scanner.

The ‘Friends’ are an active part of the Harrogate Hospital & Community Charity and are working with the Charity this year to fund more items for the Hospital as part of the 55th Anniversary Celebrations.

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