Family’s praise for community spirit

Opening of Val Jackson scanner suite at Ilkeston Community Hospital. Opened by The High Sheriff of Derbyshire David Coleman. Pictured l-r is Prem Singh Chairman, David Coleman and Philip Thornhill Superintendent Radiographer.
Opening of Val Jackson scanner suite at Ilkeston Community Hospital. Opened by The High Sheriff of Derbyshire David Coleman. Pictured l-r is Prem Singh Chairman, David Coleman and Philip Thornhill Superintendent Radiographer.

The family of a woman whose name was given to a unit at Ilkeston Community Hospital attended a ceremony to mark its revamp.

Members of Val Jackson’s family and local fundraisers were invited for a VIP tour of the refurbished facilities at the Val Jackson Scanner Unit.

Speaking movingly at the reopening ceremony after the refurbishment, Val’s granddaughter Katie Finch said: “On behalf of the family of Val and Keith Jackson we would like to say thank you to everyone involved with keeping the legacy of the Val Jackson Scanner Appeal alive.

“Granddad worked so hard to make mama’s wish come true; to help other families who found themselves in the same position we ourselves had faced. We are all very proud of what granddad and the community achieved in such a short space of time. Mama and granddad would have been so proud to be here today – thank you.”

The scanner suite first opened in 1991, as a result of fundraising in memory of Val Jackson, from Ilkeston, who died from ovarian cancer, aged 46. Before her death, Val’s wish was to establish a diagnostic facility at Ilkeston to help promote early diagnosis. Her husband Keith, who has since sadly died, spearheaded the initial fundraising which reached in the region of £80,000, and today the scanner suite carries out 150 diagnostic scans each week.

Val’s family were joined by members of the leagues of friends of both Heanor and Ilkeston community hospitals, and the rotary clubs of Ilkeston and Heanor, who all contributed generously towards the refurbishment of the scanner suite.