Children receiving treatment for brain tumours were recently given their very own open top double decker bus for the afternoon in Nottingham.
Youngsters at the Nottingham Queens Medical Centre enjoyed tours around the site on board Rocky, a member of the Skegness Seasiders family.
The Seasiders are a fleet of colourful open top buses, each one a character based on a classic holiday theme – Rocky, Sandy, Pierre, Shelly, Salty and Candy, with on-board music and accompanying storybooks.
Stagecoach also donated over £1,000 as part of on-going fundraising efforts for research into childhood brain tumours.
The money will help fund the UK’s first truly intraoperative in-theatre MRI scanner. This will allow Nottingham surgeons to take detailed scans of a patient’s brain whilst on the operating table. The scanner will also be used for research into improving outcomes for people suffering with rare forms of brain tumours.
The system will allow the surgeon to visualise more easily the extent and position of the tumour to ensure that all, or as much as possible, of the tumour is safely removed during the operation.
Jenny Wing, Head of Fundraising for Nottingham Hospitals Charity said: “We would like to thank Stagecoach for their generous contribution towards this appeal. Our collaboration with the University of Nottingham means we are so close to bringing this potentially life-saving piece of equipment to Nottingham and indeed the UK.
“The iMRI will transform the way care is delivered to patients with brain tumours giving them the best chance of recovery. We need to raise a final £650,000 to purchase this scanner and thanks to Stagecoach, we are one step closer to truly enhancing care and treatment for our patients.”
Donald Macarthur, Consultant Neurosurgeon at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and Honorary Clinical Associate Professor at The University of Nottingham, said: “For the first time this equipment will enable us to carry out detailed MRI scans, without moving the patient, during an operation to remove a brain tumour making that surgery as effective and safe as possible.”