HAMPSHIRE Medical Fund has celebrated the outstanding efforts to raise funds in 2023 with the presentation of new hospital equipment. 

On Wednesday, March 6, Hampshire Medical Fund (HMF) held an event at the Candover Clinic at Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital for friends, donators and beneficiaries of the charity to come together to see the equipment which had been purchased by the charity for use by Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The charity put on the event to showcase the items which had been purchased by the medical fund through money raised by donators and across several events held throughout 2023. 

These included a Christmas fair and an Apres ski party, which alone raised over £50,000 for the charity, enabling the purchase of Bodyjet EVO system, which allows for faster and easier liposuction/fat harvesting.

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Basingstoke Gazette: Photo from Hampshire Medical Fund's equipment presentationPhoto from Hampshire Medical Fund's equipment presentation (Image: Hampshire Medical Fund)

Sponsored by Trethowans, the event was an fantastic opportunity for those involved in the charity to connect with supporters, clinicians, and witness first-hand the profound impact of donors' generous contributions.

Hampshire Medical Fund raised more than £400,000 in 2023, funding equipment such as incubator carestations for neonatal, ISTAT Machines for Paediatric Oncology and much more.

A selection of the equipment was showcased at the event, with each piece of equipment purchased and donated representing a significant step forward in enhancing healthcare across the trust and in Hampshire.

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Director of Hampshire Medical Fund, Lucy Liddell, said: "We were honoured to unite our regular donors, the HMF Friends, and medical professionals from local hospitals to showcase the significance of supporting our cause.

"Together, we are not only raising funds but also awareness of the critical need for this medical equipment. Every contribution brings us closer to providing essential resources for improved healthcare in Hampshire."

Chief executive of Hampshire Hospitals, Alex Whitfield, was also in attendance, along with Hampshire Medical Fund chairman, Daniel Benton.

The charity has curated its equipment wish list for 2024, with more than £380,000 needing to be raised to purchase all of the items on the wish list.

It hopes to do this through a variety of fundraising events throughout the year, with events including a 'party in the woods' in Wherwell on Saturday, May 11; a classic car rally held at Malshanger House on Sunday, May 19; Good Festival, at Dummer Down Farm on Sunday, June 16; a clay pigeon shoot held at Folly Farm in Kingsclere in October and many more.

More information on Hampshire Medical Fund can be found at hampshiremedicalfund.org.