Screen Shot 2015-11-23 at 15.23.32NORTHALLERTON department store, Barkers, is bringing some Christmas cheer to an appeal to provide a MRI Scanner at a North Yorkshire hospital

The family-owned High Street store will offer customers a free gift wrapping service on gifts bought in the store in the lead up to Christmas in return for donations for the Friarage Hospital Scanner Appeal.

Launched last year by the Friends of the Friarage and South Tees Hospitals Charity, the appeal is on target to raise £2million needed to buy the equipment.

Barkers now hopes to raise hundreds of pounds by wrapping presents for customers at its Christmas shopping party event on November 27 and 28 and then every Saturday in December in the run up to the festive season.

Barkers head of customer services Dawn Ledger, said: “We hope the gift wrapping station will prove popular with our customers, and help to raise lots of money for the Friarage Scanner Appeal.

“Barkers is a key part of the Northallerton community so we are very keen to help an important local cause as the scanner will benefit so many people.”

This is the second time Barkers have raised funds for the scanner appeal through a wrapping service, and staff will be on hand to wrap Christmas presents that customers buy anywhere in the store. The wrapping station will be based in the ground floor shoe gallery.

An MRI scanner is an essential piece of medical equipment used to investigate almost any part of the body. A scanner for the Friarage will be a valuable resource for medial teams and a welcome addition to the 7,000 patients from North Yorkshire who currently travel to have this procedure.

Over the course of a lifetime the scanner will undertake more than 50,000 scans, It will diagnose long-term conditions, including neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s and dementia. With one in three people receiving a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime, the scanner will be a vital tool in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.

Over Friday, Saturday and Sunday (November 27, 28 and 29) there will be double points for Barkers card holders and selected discounts throughout the store.

For further information please contact:

Mrs Dawn Ledger
Barkers (Northallerton)Ltd
198-202 High Street
Northallerton
DL7 8LP
Telephone: 01609 766671

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