IT was an appeal that captured the town’s imagination.
Huddersfield Royal Infirmary needed a magnetic resonance image (MRI) bodyscanner and thousands of Examiner readers rallied to the cause with hundreds of fundraising events quickly up and running.
The scanner and the work needed to set it up in the hospital would cost £500,000. The Examiner launched the appeal and the entire sum was raised by August 1987 – months ahead of schedule. The scanner was installed early in 1988.
This front page picture captures the mood of the town at the time with police swapping their uniforms for fancy dress to take part in a charity challenge against firefighters. They cycled seven miles around Huddersfield town centre, jogged through the streets and then finished off with a swim at Huddersfield Sports Centre. They aimed to raise the magic figure of £999 for the Examiner’s Bodyscanner Appeal. Other police and firefighters, many in fancy dress, collected in the streets. The police team included Keith Manders, Kevin Mosley, Dave Allen, Mick Kenyon, Tracey Beech and Karen Sykes. The firefighters included Steve Seaber, Brian Evans, Alan Jordan, Tony Stansfield, Les Miller and Keith Garner. Kirklees Mayor Clr Mary Walsh started the event in Ramsden Street outside the Examiner office.