A group of townspeople decided in 1979 to raise money for a CT Scanner for Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. By 1981 they had reached their target of £1million and were thrilled when the first Scanning Unit was opened by HRH The Prince of Wales in July 1981.
The appeal was so successful that there was surplus funds in 1986, even when all the bills for running the CT service for the first five years had been paid. Hence the Committee was in a position to fund most of the new Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy Unit which was installed in 1987. The second Scanning Unit was opened by HRH, The Duchess of Kent in October 1987.
Sadly, the original Chairman and City Councillor, Mr John Phillips, died soon after the opening. However, his widow Kathleen, who had done all the secretarial work for the Appeal, and the rest of the Committee resolved to continue fund-raising. Mr Brian Rata, the Committee’s financial adviser, took over as Chairman. Everyone was delighted when Mrs Kathleen Phillips was awarded the BEM for her contribution to the Appeal fund in 1992.
On Wednesday 15 November 2017 a unique celebration was held to mark 30 years of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. Past and present charity fundraisers, clinicians, scientists, equipment suppliers and hospital staff gathered to celebrate this anniversary.