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Show's healthy donation to benefit community

Show's healthy donation to benefit community

Published at 1:38pm 1st December 2016. (Updated at 1:46pm 1st December 2016)

The organisers of Tockwith Show have broken with tradition to answer a fundraising SOS.

Springbank Health Patient Group asked for a donation to its £10,000 appeal to buy a mobile ultrasound scanner for Springbank Surgery.

Steve Ross, Secretary of Tockwith and District Agricultural Society, said: "This is not something we would normally do, but after having had such a successful Tockwith Show, the committee unanimously decided to give them a donation of £1,000.

"The committee felt that it was only right that we donate to a cause which will benefit the whole community, after we had so much support for the show in August and our other events during the year."

Springbank offers GP services to villagers between Knaresborough and York, and has surgeries in Green Hammerton and Tockwith.

The new mobile scanner will mean that patients needing an urgent scan won't have to travel to hospital.

Arnold Warneken, from Springbank Surgery, said: "Having an ultrasounds scanner for the practice will make a real difference to the community.

"As a rural practice, we are more than 10 miles from the nearest hospital, which means attending appointments for scans can be very inconvenient. If patients are able to access the scanner easily and quickly, it will enable us to care for them even more effectively."