Godfrey Bennett's life-long reluctance to throw things away is
benefiting local charities - including the Appeal to bring new MRI
scanners to Darlington Memorial and Bishop Auckland Hospitals.
Godfrey, whose preference for keeping things started when he was
very young, explains, "A few years ago, my wife and I had to clear
out the houses of a couple of elderly relatives who had sadly
died. An off-the-cuff piece of advice that I should hang onto
anything that might create a lasting memory stuck with me and I've
had real difficulty throwing anything out ever since.
My wife, Shirley, finally, and quite rightly, said 'Enough is
enough' and this enforced de-clutter set me wondering if it might
be a way of raising money for charity."
Godfrey started a small charity, 'All Sorts' which operates out
of a room next to St Clare's Church in Newton Aycliffe, selling the
things he can no longer keep. Godfrey encourages people to
come along and buy things, in the knowledge they will be benefiting
charities he feels passionate about as all the money raised goes to
Godfrey added, "When I heard about the MRI appeal I knew it was
the perfect local cause and had no hesitation in donating £1,000
from the money we raise. So many of us or our loved ones will
benefit from these very modern MRI scanners, it's essential we have
them. I'm delighted to help."
Dr Elizabeth Loney, Chair of the MRI Scanner Appeal, at County
Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, explains, "MRI scans
are particularly good at looking at soft tissues. Tremendous
advances in technology over recent years mean they can be
enormously helpful in diagnosing cancer, heart conditions, strokes
and many other health issues. Scans can also give doctors
information that previously required the patient to undergo surgery
or another invasive procedure as part of the investigation of their
symptoms. Crucially, MRI scanners don't use radiation, unlike
"MRI scans are so useful - we're seeing an increase of over 10%
each year in demand for them".
To find out how you can support the Appeal, contact the Trust's
charity team on 07770455651 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also donate at:
Published 7 November 2018
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