Previous Campaigns

MRI Scanner Campaign

We launched our first major fundraising campaign in April 2017, and were thrilled to announce in December 2018 that thanks to the support from the people of Somerset, we raised £1,000,000 for a brand new MRI Scanner. This will be the third scanner at Musgrove Park Hospital, meaning thanks to the success of this campaign, we will see a reduction in waiting times, less need for patients to travel to other hospitals for scans making diagnosis’ quicker helping to save lives.

The campaign saw a range of fundraising efforts including marathons, pub quizzes and treks to the north pole! We are so grateful for all of the support that the campaign received and without it your help it wouldn’t have been possible!

MR scanner in a hospital, with patient being scanned. Shaking hands with the team. Balloons and cake at an event.

Radial Lounge Appeal

From September 2018 we ran an appeal to raise £68,000 to create a brand new, state of the art Radial Lounge. This lounge features a much more comfortable environment for patients coming into the department for a day procedure, swapping beds out for brand new treatment chairs.

We were thrilled to finish the appeal in June of 2019, and the Lounge official opened on 22nd July 2019.

Hospital staff cutting ribbon for a grand opening. Hospital staff with new equipment. New chair equipment at Love Musgrove.

Voyage to recovery

On Friday 28th of April a team of eight patients cared for by our early intervention in psychosis team arrived safely into Plymouth, having sailed 169 miles in six days- Part funded by Love Musgrove.

It was all part of the Voyage of Recovery, which involves young people who’ve experience psychosis embarking on a sailing activity to promote recovery by strengthening social and emotional relationships, with the aim of building their self-esteem and confidence.

Dr Estelle Rapsey, one of our clinical psychologists and the clinical lead for our early intervention psychosis service, said this year’s voyage has been a resounding success.

“We’re so pleased to have been able to run the voyage again this year as the benefits to the eight young people who took part are clear to see,” she said.

“One told me that it had given him a new sense of self-confidence that he’d never had before, and another said is made everything in his life much clearer. Three members of the team were interviewed by ITV Westcountry the week after the voyage and I was bursting with pride at how positive they were now feeling.

“The Cirdan Sailing Trust organised the voyage – a full circumnavigation of the UK – and this year we completed the second leg, from Portsmouth to Plymouth.

“Our eight young people endured a 20-hour passage, sailing through the night in freezing, wet conditions and rough seas, with many succumbing to seasickness – it was such a challenge!

“But the rewards were plentiful as we were treated to a beautiful sunset and sunrise, starlite skies, dolphins dancing alongside us, and a sunbathing seal. We took part in many activities on board too, including card games, sea swims, laughter and lots of singing!

“So many memories and friendships were forged, confidence built, and a new sense of self-belief for many as we worked as a team to support each other, connect with nature and share stories of hope and recovery.

“Everyone earned their Royal Yachting Association ‘Start Yachting’ certificates and left with a huge sense of pride and achievement.”

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