Friends put their heads together for MRI scanner appeal

FRIENDS affected by cancer has boosted the Friarage Hospital’s MRI scanner appeal by more than £30,000.

Alex Brading and Fiona Saxby, known as Fi, from the village of Wath near Thirsk in North Yorkshire have both lost close friends and family to the disease.

Fi also has Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and wanted to recognise the staff treating her at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton and The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, for their  care and dedication.

The use of the MRI scanner at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, has been critical in her diagnosis and ongoing treatment, but an MRI scanner in Northallerton would help many local people.

Fi is losing her hair due to the cancer treatment but her supportive pal has also now got a short crop after having her head shaved at The Hair Company in Ripon and Alex raised even more money by giving up alcohol for February.

She donated her hair to The Little Princess Trust which provides real hair wigs and hair pieces to children who suffer hair loss due to cancer treatment. They have handed over to their local hospital a staggering £31,951.50.

South Tees Hospitals Charity in partnership with the Friends of the Friarage – is aiming to raise £2million for its own MRI scanner which is an essential piece of medical equipment used to investigate almost any part of the body.

Alex said: “It’s very humbling to accompany Fi, cancer does not discriminate. A new scanner at the Friarage would prevent people having to travel as far and allow them to receive treatment nearer to home. It will also help people’s recovery rate if they can be seen quicker. We just want to keep going and doing everything we can to help raise more money.”

Judith Masterman, from the appeal’s team said: “A big thank you to Fiona and Alex and everyone who generously made a donation.   This fantastic amount will make a real difference and provide a massive boost to the scanner appeal total.”



To help with Fiona and Alex’s fundraising for the scanner appeal you can make a donation via their Just Giving page here

Visit the appeal website at
Call the appeal office – 01609 764936

Anyone wanting to support the MRI scanner appeal can donate online here