Here you will find locally knitted items along with knitting patterns, including the famous Harriet's Hat as pictured above, all sold in aid of the Shetland MRI Scanner Appeal.
Over 600 patients from Shetland must travel south to have an MRI scan each year. MRI diagnostics are used to diagnose and monitor a wide variety of conditions and the number of patients who need them is steadily increasing.
There can be delays in getting an MRI scan due to bad weather, transport delays and logistical problems in getting short notice appointments or one stop clinics. There is also the challenge of making the journey itself, which can involve time off work, and impact on family life and child care at an already difficult time.
Through a combination of grant funding and a public fundraising campaign, the Shetland Health Board Endowment Fund aims to raise £1.65 million for an MRI Scanner, with the MRI Maakers contributing significantly to this total already. Shetland could have its own MRI scanner, so that scans could be done on Island which would bring quicker access to diagnostic tests and reduce unnecessary patient travel, stress and inconvenience.
View the MRI Maakers Facebook page here.