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Out of this world donation for space themed MRI scanner for children

24 December 2019

Fundraising

A big thank you to the Rotary Club of Westcliff-On-Sea for their generous donation of £828 which will help redecorate a new MRI suite to make the experience less daunting for young patients.

The space-themed, child-friendly Apollo Suite renovation will cost £31,500 and will create a more relaxing and enjoyable environment for children. 

Young patients will be able to watch an introductory video on an iPad, explaining what happens during an MRI scan, and 3D interactive apps will offer an insight into what it will be like inside the scanner.  A mini toy MRI scanner will then allow children to understand the process and become familiar with the machine.  

The space-themed decoration will help tap into a child's imagination and, once the scan starts, the child will be able to watch a DVD of their choice via a periscope mirror with the "relax and view video system".

Graham Reeder from the Westcliff Rotary Club said: "The money was raised during the Rotary's annual Preposterous Stories event, where three readers tell absurd stories and guests then bet on which of the wacky tales are true. We are delighted that the funds raised have gone towards such a worthwhile cause."

Anyone wishing to make a donation towards this appeal can contact Southend Hospital Charity on 01702 385 337.