A pioneering East Yorkshire health charity has been presented with a brand new television after winning a competition run by Hull company Rix Petroleum.
Officials from the Daisy Appeal, based at Castle Hill Hospital, Cottingham, received the 46’’ Samsung LED TV at a ceremony this month.
The charity intends to put the TV in the reception of a scanning centre currently being constructed at the East Yorkshire hospital.
It means family and friends waiting for loved ones to have vital health scans will be able to relieve the boredom traditional associated with the waiting room, which can last for several hours.
Rix Petroleum’s We Care contest asked local people to vote for their favourite cause or charity by ‘liking’ them on the social media website Facebook.
The winner was the cause that attracted the most ‘likes’ across the duration of the contest, which ran for several weeks between April and July.
They then got to choose the prize they wanted to receive up to the value of £500.
Fundraiser Nicky Holthuysen said she was overwhelmed by the support the charity had attracted during the competition.
In total, the Daisy Appeal got more than 700 likes.
She said: “Everyone at the charity was delighted to have won, it really demonstrated how much people have taken the Daisy Appeal to their hearts.”
She added the television was an ideal prize as waiting for long periods of time for loved ones to have scans could be at best a tedious event, and at worst worrying.
Nicky said: “Sometimes carrying out scans can be a long procedure and people who come along to offer support might have to stay at the hospital for hours with little to do. We chose a television because we felt it would make their experience better and perhaps help to take their minds off what can be an upsetting time.”
James Brook, marketing manager of Rix Petroleum, said he was delighted the charity had won.
“Our We Care competitions were set up to allow local people to choose which good causes and groups they wanted us to support and they could have chosen few more worthy causes than the Daisy Appeal,” he said.
Picture caption: (L-R) James Brook, marketing manager of Rix Petroleum, and Professor Nick Stafford, founder of the Daisy Appeal.
* The Daisy Appeal works alongside the Hull & East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust and the University of Hull to undertake pioneering work into heart disease, cancer and dementia and is funding the purchase of a PET-CT scanner at Castle Hill to help save countless lives across Hull, East Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire.
In total the Charity is looking to raise £6.6m; this will fund the PET-CT Scanning Centre plus a radiopharmacy suite, also at Castle Hill, that will help diagnose illness much more quickly than is presently possible.
Web link www.rix.co.uk/