Kids with autism support UK healthcare with fundraiser for better imaging equipment

Residents across the United Kingdom are contributing to a $3 million effort to provide local NHS hospitals with more high-quality imaging equipment, the Northern Echo has reported.

This week, that included a group of kids with Project Choice, a Health Education England supported internship program. The children, all of whom are either autistic or have other learning disabilities, worked together to bake and sell goods for the County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust’s MRI scanner appeal. They raised around $75.

“They raised over £60 for our appeal to bring new state-of-the-art MRI scanners to Darlington Memorial and Bishop Auckland hospitals,” Amanda Form, the learning and organizational development manager at CDDFT, told the Echo. “This is the first year we’ve worked with students from Project Choice and we’re really touched that they wanted to get involved with the celebrations, baking and buying cakes that they then sold.”

The students are currently working in teams across trust sites, she said, where they’ve taken on admin, housekeeping and catering roles. 

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