Scanner Appeal


To donate:

just click HERE, Or simply text SCAN16 followed by the amount you want to donate to 70070

Cheques should be made payable to ‘The League of Friends of Weston General Hospital’

and sent to:

Sophie Carlier, Fundraising officer

Communications & Fundraising dept

Weston General Hospital

Grange Road

Weston super Mare BS23 4TQ

To discuss your fundraising ideas, call 01934 636363 ext:3160 or email


Alternatively, our Scanner Appeal leaflet has all the information you need. Just click on the image below to download:

Scanner appeal leaflet

Help us to save lives!

We’ve launched a special joint appeal with the Trust's League of Friends to raise £400,000 to buy digital scanning equipment and to refurbish our X-Ray Department. The Fundraising Appeal is a joint initiative to celebrate the 2016 Diamond Jubilee of the League of Friends and the forthcoming 70th Anniversary of the NHS in 2017.



Over 30 members of staff from Weston General Hospital, and colleagues from Somerset Surgical Services including doctors, nurses, secretaries and therapists took part in a 12 hour Bikeathon on Friday 15 September to raise money for the Trust’s Scanner Appeal.


Running from 8am to 8pm the Bikeathon was held outside the main entrance of the hospital using stationary bikes. Between them hospital staff cycled an amazing 1000 miles the equivalent of doing 38 marathons! Members of the hospital’s League of Friends were also on hand to support the event and accept donations from the public who kindly donated an incredible £410 on the day. 


Read more here.



Wall wrap

Next time you're strolling along the corridor on the ground floor of the hospital by the pharmacy, take a minute to stop and look at the fantastic wall wrap recently installed by local firm Print Factor to celebrate the outstanding efforts of so many to raise money for the Scanner Appeal.  

John Cleese lends his support

Internationally acclaimed writer, actor, and comedian, John Cleese is lending his support to Weston General Hospital in aid of its £400,000 Scanner Appeal. The Monty Python and Hollywood star said, “I’m tremendously pleased to support the Scanner Appeal and Weston General - the local hospital of the town I grew up in.

“This is a great cause. The new equipment and X-ray refurbishment will undoubtedly make a very positive difference to people’s health and lives. Good luck with all the fundraising efforts!”. You can read more about John Cleese's backing of the appeal HERE

We now need the support of the local community to make this appeal a reality.  Read on to see why this appeal is important.


Will Burns gives his support

Local boy, Will Burns, a British Touring Car racing driver, takes our Scanner Appeal into top gear by giving us his support. Follow him on Twitter at @willburnsracing or on his Facebook page. We look forward to keeping an eye on him this season which has already got off to a fantastic start for Will! Well done Will and thank you for your support. 

Amanda Prowse book-signing

No.1 bestselling author Amanda Prowse is lending support to Weston General Hospital in aid of its £400,000 Scanner Appeal. The writer of bestselling books including, ‘What Have I Done?’ and ‘A Mother’s Story’, visited the hospital on 19th December 2016 for a book signing for her recent novel ‘Perfect Daughter’ set in the seaside town of Weston-super-Mare.


The bestselling novelist, who lives locally in the West Country, also donated hundreds of copies of ‘Perfect Daughter’ to the hospital with all proceeds going to its Scanner Appeal. A large number of books were also given away free to staff as an early Christmas present and a token of Amanda’s appreciation for the outstanding work that they carry out on a daily basis.


At the book signing in Rafters, the café based inside the hospital, Amanda gave words of encouragement and support to the fundraising drive. The novelist said: “Weston General Hospital features in my novel ‘Poppy Day’ so I’m delighted to be supporting their Scanner Appeal by donating copies of my book, to help raise funds. “It’s a great cause – new X-Ray equipment that will make a huge difference to the health of people in our local community. But none of it will be possible if we don’t all show our support.” She continues: “It’s incredible to see first-hand the amazing work that goes on at Weston General Hospital. Everyone here works so hard to make sure people are fit and well, especially at this time of year. “I wanted to help give back by donating copies of my new book to Weston’s staff in recognition of their tireless efforts – I hope it makes for a great Christmas present.”


James Rimmer, Chief Executive at Weston Area Health NHS Trust, said: “We are thrilled to have support for our Scanner Appeal from one of the most well-known and prolific writers in the country. It will help to raise even more awareness for this important campaign. “Amanda fully understands the difference this campaign will make to people’s health and lives in Weston and North Somerset. Her backing is truly valued, as is her kind donation of copies of her recent book – the proceeds of which will help us get even closer to our £400,000 appeal target.”


Why we need new equipment

Each year Weston General Hospital carries out over 70,000 scans on patients – predominantly the elderly – and demand is expected to increase as the population in Weston and North Somerset continues to grow and age.

Adding new equipment will provide a huge range of benefits including:

- Faster diagnosis leading to dramatic reduction in waiting time
- Reduced travel  to other hospitals
- A new ‘open access’ walk in service for GP referrals with no appointment necessary
- Increased privacy by re-designing the department and separating inpatients from outpatients
- A more efficient service will lead to better health outcomes for patients
- Patients of all ages will benefit as they will be able to come for their examination whenever it is convenient for them.


How you can help


Just text SCAN16 and the amount to 70070 or contact our Fundraising officer on 01934 636363 ext:3160 or email You can also pay in person to the General Office located on the Ground floor of the hospital or at the League of Friends' shop situated inside the front entrance. Cheques should be made payable to 'The League of Friends of Weston General Hospital'. 

Organise your own event

Either individually, with a group of friends or if you are part of a community organisation, undertaking your own event is great fun.  Just give us a call/email and we'll support you all the way!

Get your company involved

Whether it’s long term support or a one-off activity, raising money at work is great for the team and great for your company.  Give us a call on 01934 636363 ext:3160 or email for some inspiration or for more information. You can download one of our sponsorship forms here.

You could saddle up and take part in the Great Weston Ride on July 16th! See the link at the top right of this page for more information.  

Celebration Giving

Do you have a special anniversary coming up?  Maybe a Birthday, Anniversary, or another special occasion?  Many people choose to mark a special moment by asking friends and relatives to donate to charity in lieu of any gifts.  A great way to celebrate and help your local hospital too.

Remembering Someone

One way to celebrate the life of a loved one is to ask family and friends to make a donation at their funeral service.  Often people choose to make a donation in lieu of flowers. Please see our leaflet 'Leaving a gift in your will or donating in memory' for more information. 

Contact us

Call us on 01934 636363 extension 3160 or email


Alternatively you can write to us at:

Communications and Fundraising Department

Weston General Hospital

Grange Road,



BS23 4TQ

We look forward to hearing from you!


We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has supported the appeal so far!

County Contractors took part in the Coast to Coast bike ride last year and raised a fantastic £40,000 for 6 different charities including our appeal. We have just surpassed an incredible £200,000 towards our target which would have been impossible without the help of our amazing local community. So thank you to you all!