On Sunday 26th April, Edward Timpson, Member of Parliament for Crewe and Nantwich, ran the 26 mile London Marathon to raise funds for the Mid Cheshire Hospitals MRI Scanner Appeal at Leighton Hospital. He had set himself a personal target of £3,000, which he smashed, raising a staggering sum of £3690.56.


This was actually Edward’s eleventh London Marathon, which he completed in a very impressive time of 3 hours, 56 minutes and 42 seconds. He achieved this whilst also running for the General Election earlier this year, squeezing in his training during the campaign.

Edward Timpson said, “I ran for the MRI Scanner Appeal for Leighton Hospital as their current scanner is in constant use, so I’m helping them raise £1 million for an extra one. My three children were all born in Leighton Hospital, so I have a strong attachment to it and I’ve campaigned successfully for major funding for them in the past. I want to keep the effort going!”

He continued, “As MP for Crewe and Nantwich, I’m very aware of the need for the new scanner to help the community. It’s already at maximum capacity, and a new scanner is desperately needed to meet local demand“

Edward has been a long-standing supporter of Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity, having previously been a Patron for the One in Eleven Appeal for the re-development of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Leighton Hospital.

Laura Riddle, Charity Manager comments, “This is an amazing amount to be raised by one person. We are eternally grateful to Mr. Timpson for his commitment to raise money for our new MRI scanner and his endeavours to raise awareness of our appeal.”

Laura continues, “Without individuals and community groups taking up the commitment to raise funds, we would not have achieved so much already. We would like to thank everyone that has raised money to help.”



Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity launched its £1 million MRI Scanner Appeal to provide an additional MRI scanner at Leighton Hospital in March last year.

The existing scanner operates 8.00am – 8.00pm, 7 days per week with approximately 30 patients a day being scanned. An extension to this could compromise patient experience, therefore, the decision was taken to procure and install an additional MRI scanner in order to address the shortfall in capacity and the need to look at the long term options available in providing a sustainable MRI service.

Successfully funding the £1 million target and procuring the additional MRI scanner will provide a number of benefits to patients, staff and the Trust.