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Weston hospital urges residents to sparkle for charity
Weston General Hospital staff
Staff at Weston's hospital take part in Sparkle like a Diamond Day 2009

Weston residents are being asked to sparkle for the town's hospital, which is raising money for a new digital breast scanner.

Weston General Hospital's second Sparkle like a Diamond Day will take place on Thursday, 1 April, 2010.

Hospital staff, school pupils and workers from all over town are asked to wear something sparkly, glittery, gold or silver on the day.

Those taking part will each pay £1 - last year raised £2,750.

The sum raised this year will again be paid into the Diamond Appeal fund.

The Diamond Appeal was started in 2008 to coincide with the Diamond - 60th - anniversary of the National Health Service.

Now is the perfect time to be striving to purchase one of these state-of-the art machines.
Lorene Read

The hospital is raising £220,000 for a digital breast scanner and associated software, which will make Weston's imaging service quicker, more streamlined and up-to-date.

At present, X-ray images are processed onto film, but a digital scanner takes an electronic image and stores it onto a computer.

It will take just a couple of seconds to view an image and staff will no longer be required to process the images with chemicals, as they do now.

Hospital chief executive Lorene Read said: "With more and more families coming to live in Weston, now is the perfect time for the hospital to be striving to purchase one of these state-of-the art machines.

"We know from last year that people find the sparkle theme easy to join in with.

"Even those who didn't have any sparkly items of clothing wore holographic stickers instead - anything shiny counts!"

Anyone who would like to register for Sparkle Like A Diamond Day should email: weston.enquiries@nhs.net

If you would like to find out more about either the Diamond Appeal or Sparkle like a Diamond Day, you can call Caroline Welch on 01934 647091.

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