Fundraising for a high-tech scanner to reduce the time it takes to diagnose children’s meningitis and other infections is a step closer thanks to a £5,000 donation from Oxford’s biggest nightclub.
ATIK presented the grant from its company’s Echo Trust charity to support fundraising for a £40,000 microbiology scanner to benefit the patients at Oxford Children’s Hospital.
Nick Greensted, General Manager of the Park End Street venue, said: “We are a long-time supporter of the hospital because we value the amazing care and support it gives to children and their families. The donation is a way we can give something back to our local community.
“We hold regular collections at the club and our customers are always generous.”
The scanner is a cutting-edge piece of diagnosis equipment which will drastically reduce the length of time it takes to diagnose certain respiratory and viral infections, including meningitis. It not only means children will receive rapid diagnosis for their condition; the new automated platform will also minimise the use of antibiotics and reduce the workload for the hospital laboratory team.
It is expected to be in place by the end of the year.
Eleanor Jones, Head of Fundraising, Oxford Children’s Hospital – 10th Anniversary Appeal, said: “We are hugely grateful for the continued support of the club and the Echo Trust who have given generously to the Oxford Children’s Hospital since the original campaign to build it was launched in 2002. In this special anniversary year, as we celebrate the Children’s Hospital’s 10th Birthday, such support is more welcome than ever.
“The £5,000 will go towards funding a microbiology scanner which will make a real and lasting difference to patients and their families, as well as to our wonderful staff.”
The Oxford Children’s Hospital -10th Anniversary Appeal is raising £2million to enhance and improve the facilities it provides for its youngest patients.
ATIK is part of The Deltic Group, the UK’s largest operator of late night bars and clubs, which employs 3000 people across its 59 venues.
Since 2002 when Deltic set up the Echo Trust it has raised more than £2.5 million to grant awards to local children’s charities.