September 24, 2013

A PIONEERING East Yorkshire health charity has been presented with a brand new television after winning a community competition run by Hull company Rix Petroleum.

Officials from the Daisy Appeal, based at Castle Hill Hospital, Cottingham, received the 46’’ Samsung LED TV at a ceremony on Friday.

The charity intends to put the TV in the reception of a scanning centre currently being constructed at the East Yorkshire hospital.

It means family and friends waiting for loved ones to have vital health scans will be able to relieve the boredom traditional associated with the waiting room, which can last for several hours.

James Brook, Rix Petroleum & Professor Stafford Daisy Appeal

Rix Petroleum’s We Care competition asked local people to vote for their favourite cause or charity by ‘liking’ them on the social media website Facebook.

The winner was the cause that attracted the most ‘likes’ across the duration of the contest, which ran for several weeks between April and July.

They then got to choose the prize they wanted to receive up to the value of £500.

Fundraiser Nicky Holthuysen said she was overwhelmed by the support the charity had attracted during the competition.

In total, the Daisy Appeal got more than 700 likes.

She said: “Everyone at the charity was delighted to have won, it really demonstrated how much people have taken the Daisy Appeal to their hearts.”

She added the television was an ideal prize as waiting for long periods of time for loved ones to have scans could be at best a tedious event, and at worst worrying.

Nicky said: “Sometimes carrying out scans can be a long procedure and people who come along to offer support might have to stay at the hospital for hours with little to do. We chose a television because we felt it would make their experience better and perhaps help to take their minds off what can be an upsetting time.”

James Brook, marketing manager of Rix Petroleum, said he was delighted the charity had won.

“Our We Care competitions were set up to allow local people to choose which good causes and groups they wanted us to support and they could have chosen few more worthy causes than the Daisy Appeal,” he said.

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