Young people participating in the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme have partnered with Epsom Medical Equipment Fund to raise money towards the purchase of a new ultrasound scanner for Epsom Hospital.
Eight 16 and 17-year olds came together to spend the day raising money in the Ashley Centre in the heart of Epsom town centre, with a range of posters, artwork and delicious cakes for sale. The fundraisers were also making decorative masks – each one an original – for children. Epsom Medical Equipment Fund Co-ordinator and founder, Bess Harding MBE, explained: “This is the second year in a row the Fund has been supported by young people taking up The Challenge, and it’s been great to have their help!
“The team set themselves a target of raising £300 on the day, and they certainly gave it their all to get there! Business was booming, with many shoppers stopping to admire the team’s handiwork, make purchases, and to find out more about the fundraising drive.”
As their time at the Ashley Centre drew to a close, the excitement was running high – collection boxes were filling up, passing the £100 and £200 milestones. But had they met their target? The team fell just short of their target, raising a total of £281.66. Bess said: “Although the team fell just short of the target they set themselves, they made an absolutely stellar effort and should be proud of their hard work. The money they have made will help make a real difference to patients at Epsom Hospital – thank you to everyone involved.”
A second group of young people participating in the NCS will be raising money for Epsom Medical Equipment Fund in the Ashley Centre on Saturday 27 August. Bess said: “I am delighted that we have another group signed up to help this year, and look forward to spending the day with them, raising as much money as possible. I hope even more young people rise to the challenge next year!”
Founded in 1979, Epsom Medical Equipment Fund has raised over £4 million for the purchase of equipment for Epsom Hospital. The Fund’s current major project is raising money for a new £54,000 ultrasound scanner. If you would like to know more, including how to make a donation, please visit please visit www.emef.org.uk/.