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Charity makes a million

Generous donors have been praised for helping a charity reach a record-breaking milestone of £1 million.

The Royal Berks Charity, which raises money for state-of-the-art equipment at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, in Reading, broke through the £1m mark for the first time in the financial year from April 2011 to April 2012.

The charity’s director Mark Goff said: “Breaking through the £1m mark is a massive milestone. The results are fantastic and we feel like the luckiest people in the world for our role in making a difference.

 

“Some of the equipment we provide is worth a matter of pennies, but it makes a difference.”

 

The charity has been running for three years and aims to provide equipment that cannot be bought with NHS budgets.

Its achievements have included a £100,000 radiotherapy machine, a £300,000 key-hole surgery robot and four Bioness MESS hand rehabilitation systems.

Occupational therapist Deirdre Donohoe said: “The money people donate is so precious, especially in these economic times. Something as simple as pots of putty can really make a difference to their lives and we can have a variety of equipment to help in their rehabilitation.”

Money is raised through a range of appeals and activities across the Reading area.

More than 80 runners raised £40,000 at last year’s Reading Half Marathon and it is hoped the annual event will raise around £60,000 this year.

The charity takes requests from individual departments at the hospital before working out where the money will be best spent.

 

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