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The Shropshire Star is reporting: Friends raise £70,000 for hospital footcare
Campaigners have raised more than £70,000 which they hope will turn Bridgnorth Hospital into a first-class centre for footcare.
The money will be spent on new equipment.
The League of Friends of Bridgnorth Hospital has spent the past few months holding fundraising events to raise the cash to make the hospital a Centre of Excellence for Surgical Podiatry.
It is hoped the money will mean patients will be able to have minor operations at the hospital without having to travel to hospitals in Telford, Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton.
Chairman of the friends group, Councillor John Hurst-Knight, said he hoped the money could help secure the future of the hospital.
“We are trying to improve services in Bridgnorth so people don’t have to travel to Telford, Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton,” he said.
“It’s not just our aim, but also the aim of all the staff working at the hospital.
“These visits can result in overnight stays which cause problems with bed occupancy. If we can keep services local it will ensure the hospital will be open for many years to come.
“We’ve raised the money through various fundraising events, such as fashion shows and coffee mornings, and we also get left money in people’s wills.”
Bridgnorth Hospital serves the population of south-east Shropshire and is one of four community hospitals in the county.
The hospital boasts a wide range of services and has strong links with local acute hospitals in Telford, Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton. GPs from a number of local practices also work at the hospital in a variety of roles.