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Local charity receives £2000 Christmas gift

Local medical charity Cobalt celebrated Christmas early with a £2,000 gift from The Honourable Company of Gloucestershire.

The money has gone towards one of the charity's imaging centres in Cheltenham and a new state-of-the-art scanner.

Founded by Gloucestershire's previous Lord Lieutenant, Sir Henry Elwes, The Honourable Company of Gloucestershire aims to support as many good causes as possible in the county. Its membership is limited to 160 and is made up of individuals who live or work in Gloucestershire and who have made a positive contribution towards the county, such as volunteering or charitable giving or had national or international achievements. Funding and support is given to armed forces, arts and heritage, business, community support and sports.

A visit to the Cobalt Imaging Centre was arranged for The Honourable Company of Gloucestershire to see how their funds had been invested and to hear more about the work of the charity firsthand.

Tom Frost, trustee of The Honourable Company of Gloucestershire, said: "It was wonderful to witness the excellent work that is being done at Cobalt and to know how fortunate everyone is in the county to have access to such a far-reaching facility."

Julia Jenkins, head of fundraising for Cobalt, said: "It was lovely to meet Tom and his wife and for them to see the facilities their funds have helped to deliver, which include our new high definition 3.0 Tesla MRI scanner, specifically built to improve patient comfort, enable shorter scanning times and deliver superior image quality."

The charity is now fundraising to continue to provide a specialist nurse for teenagers and young adults with cancer.

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