Hippychick Support Love Musgrove's Bid to Raise £1 million for New MRI Scanner
Our accident-pron MD makes third Musgrove scanner focus of fund-raising
Hippychick directors Jeremy and Julia Minchin are making the MRI Scanner campaign for the Musgrove Hospital the focus of our fund-raising efforts in 2018. The current two MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scanners at Musgrove Park Hospital are now over capacity and Love Musgrove, the Hospital's official Charity, has committed to raising the £1 million needed to buy a third one.
Accident-prone Jeremy, along with his wife Julia, is no stranger to the scanners at Musgrove over the past few years. While paragliding in Nepal 2011, Jeremy nearly lost his life in a catastrophic accident when his wing collapsed 120 feet above the ground and he fell onto the rocks below. He was airlifted to Kathmandu and then Bangkok, before being brought back to Bristol and finally Taunton. The existing scanning equipment at Musgrove was critical for checking an aortic stent which had been implanted overseas, enablinh Jeremy to keep on the road to a recovery which took over six months.
More recently, Jeremy was thrown from and subsequently trampled on by a horse in November 2017. Thinking he was just heavily bruised he did not attend hospital immediately, but by the evening he was struggling to breathe and fainted repeatedly. Rush to the Musgrove, a full head, chest and neck scan revealed that Jeremy had in fact cracked 2 ribs and had a severely collapsed lung. As a result of the information from the scan, an emergency chest drain was inserted and over 1.3 litres of blood (25% of normal blood in the body) was removed from the chest cavity. Despite these injuries, with the expert care of the Musgrove team, Jeremy was fully recovered within a matter or two weeks.
Magnus Mowat, Chairman of the Love Musgrove MRI Scanner Appeal, said, 'I should like to thank the Minchins and Hippychick for their wonderful commitment to this cause. Everyone in Somerset is likely to need an MRI scan during their lifetime, or knows someone who will. The South West as a whole is very short of capacity, so the sooner we can bring this one to Musgrove, the better. We set out to raise a total of £1 million to buy the scanner by the end of April, and still have almost £400k to raise, so community initiatives such as this one will be essential to our success'.
Julia, Jeremy's wife and original founder of Hippychick, is delighted to be able to help raise funds for a cause that has twice saved Jeremy's life. 'While Jeremy was out of action, I was quite litereally holding the baby with Hippychick, still a fledgling business as well as three small children. I needed Jeremy to get back on his feet very quickly and that's exactly what the Musgrove helped him to do with their brilliant team and essential equipment'.
Jeremy says that,'Given the amount of use I have given the current scanners at the hospital, it's only fair for me to start contributing towards a third. Customers can donate voluntarily through our website, and all Hippychick staff, including me, will be dreaming up a host of daredevil feats designed to boost the donations'.
Julia is rather hoping that he may find a less controversial passion in 2018 and that the daredevil feats will include neither paragliding nor horse riding!