Shop ready to wrap to aid hospital scanner appeal

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Northallerton department store, Barkers, is aiming to bring 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 items 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 every Saturday in December in the run up to the festive season.

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.”

The wrapping station will be based in the ground floor shoe gallery.

Friarage serves 7,000 patients who currently have to travel to have a scan to help with diagnosis of neurological conditions such as Parkinsons and dementia. Over a course of a lifetime the scanner will undertake more than 50,000 scans.