Last year our Friends raised £1,260,000 for Conquest Hospital

MRI Photographs by Justin Lycett

HRH The Princess Royal opens new MRI Suite

Congratulations and thank you to everyone who took part in this Appeal. We did it!



Two new MRI machines were purchased and are housed in a £5 million purpose built suite opened by HRH The Princess Royal on July 17th 2019. The first MRI was bought by the Friends of Conquest Hospital and MRI Appeal Board thanks to the incredible generosity and support of all their very many fundraisers and supporters in and around Hastings, Bexhill, Battle, Rye and surrounding countryside. Their efforts were coordinated and ably lead by the MRI Appeal Board and its Chairman Sir Douglas Flint OBE.

The second MRI Machine was bought by the Friends of Bexhill through the enormous generosity of supporters and fundraisers in Bexhill. This machine was dedicated to Stuart Earl, Chairman of the Bexhill Friends who was a major driving force behind the Bexhill Friends efforts and ultimate generosity. Stuart was very sadly lost to cancer before the machine he was so engaged in funding was commissioned, and the second machine is named in his honour.

The two state of the art MRI machines sit each side of a high tech control room from where they are operated. Pictured here is Chris Brandt, Lead Radiographer, demonstrating  the high quality image capability of one of the machines.

The new machines, and the teams that operate them, make Conquest Hospital one of the finest diagnostic facilities in the South East for the community it serves. Patients from our area will no longer need to travel to Eastbourne, Brighton and even London for complex diagnostic imaging. Previously Conquest was imaging over 5,000 patients per annum with a 14 year old MRI and a second mobile machine brought in weekly. Now Conquest has the capacity to meet demand for many years to come. And with these wonderful machines there will come high quality technicians and consultants to work with them, also making the region a more desirable place to set up businesses and homes.

A big thank you to our major donors without whose fantastic support this would not have been possible

Bollywood comes to town

Summer Fete raises £3,500

Tea and cakes anyone

Volunteer Fundraisers Chin Barton and Silin Cornelius booked Bollywood’s Sunny Singh for a Bollywood Dance Class, Spicy Dinner and Disco to raise over £1,600 for Conquest Hospital. Fabulous fun night at the wonderful Masonic Hall, St Leonards. See all the lovely costumes in our Friends of Conquest Facebook album. Well done Chin and Silin who put in all the hard graft organising and Mama Putts for helping out with the catering, along with an army of helpers and home cooks. Most of all, a big thanks to the 150 party goers who raised over £1,600 on the night. Just brilliant. Bollywood 2020 will be on February 8th and advance tickets will be available soon from this website.

Nadine Salmon lead a team of volunteers to put on our perennially popular fete which drew large crowds to Markwick Gardens in St Leonards.
Fete goers were treated to the Mad Hatters traditional Morris Dancing, the sounds of 1066 Bag Pipes and Drums, Acromax gymnastics, the Tornados Twirler Stars, Glashin, Hospital Radio, Beer tent, Tea and Cakes, craft stalls and much much more.

Well!! What a fab team we were, raising a whopping £948.80, for “Friends of Conquest” at the “ Winchelsea open Gardens”, massive thanks to all our cake makers, helpers, donators & supporters! Toni Louise Adams Jill Andrews Daphne Adams Lisa Jayne Adams Margaret Burns , Martin your washing up skills are second to none! Carol & Hattie you did a great job on the tombola, well done each & every one of you!

For Individuals

All our Fundraisers get supported by our team of experienced volunteers who are on hand to give advice and encouragement. We also have an armoury of collection tins, buckets and banners. Whatever you need to make your day run smoothly, we do are best to help. We’ll also aim to be there to take pics for you and publish them if you want. Fundraisers come in all shapes and sizes; Party organisers, bakers, skydivers, beard shavers, runners, cyclists, musicians and much much more. Whatever takes your fancy gives us a call and raise a little for Conquest. Get in touch we’d love to hear from you.

For Businesses and Organisations

All businesses, groups and organisations get supported by our team of experienced volunteers who are on hand to give advice and encouragement. We’d be delighted if your business could place a collection tin on its premises and we’d be over the moon if you, your staff or organisation would like to get together and support Conquest Hospital.

We thank and share all our corporate supporters on our social media pages that can be viewed by all 7,000 Staff and volunteers as well as providing favourable rate card opportunities on Conquest Hospital Radio.

We’d love to hear from you contact Mike on 07463793416 in the first instance.

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Can you help us raise £150,000 to buy a CAT

Hospital CATs are pretty special

They’re very different from their bigger cousins the MRI’s which are used when more complex detailed imaging is required.

A CAT Scanner is a fast full body X-ray machine used for imaging lots of things; for example, fractures and internal bleeding when a quick diagnosis is needed. It makes them especially useful in emergency situations. The Conquest is your local Acute Emergency Hospital for a population of over 1/2 million. It currently has two CAT machines working flat out, of which one is quite new and the other, at 15 years old, is perhaps the oldest in the NHS! It needs to be replaced soon.

The Trust’s equipment budget is thinly spread and has been allocated for other important needs, so we’ve stepped in. A CAT Scanner costs £400,000 and we’ve already raised £250,000.

Having two state of the art CAT Scanners will ensure the Conquest Hospital continues on as one of the best diagnostic facilities in the South East. Just what any of us would want in an emergency. Any support would be hugely appreciated.


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