Newport X-ray machine appeal nears target despite lock down
An appeal to raise funds for a new X-ray machine for a care centre is closing on its £150,000 target despite fundraising events having been cancelled due to lock down.
The Cottage Care Centre's League of Friends, in partnership with the Wellington Road and Linden Hall surgeries and Newport Rotary Lite, began the appeal last year.
They set a target of £150,000 to fund a new X-ray machine at the Newport Cottage Care Centre.
It was hoped that this target would be hit by May, though a variety of planned fundraising events including a Grand Spring Ball have had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 lock down.
However, recent donations – including those spearheaded by parish councils and mayor of Newport Peter Scott – have helped the effort towards the target continue. The total raised recently passed £110,000.
Organisations that have recently donated to the appeal also include Church Aston Parish Council, Edgmond Parish Council, Norbury Parish Council, Newport Town Council, Tibberton Community Shop, Newport & District Running Club, and The Wrekin Housing Trust, which donated a sum of £2,000.
Margaret Woodcock, chair of the Cottage Care Centre's League of Friends, praised the "absolutely fantastic" donations.
She said that it was inevitable that the deadline of May that had been set for the appeal would have to be pushed back, but that the coronavirus crisis will delay the installation of the new machine in any case.
Active fundraising for the appeal was paused in March and events postponed, but donations can still be made.
Normally, donations can be made at the two surgeries or the League of Friends shop at Baddeley Court, although the shop is currently shut.
To learn more about the appeal or to get involved, visit facebook.com/xrayappeal or email firstname.lastname@example.org.