The Good Festival returns this year to raise funds for medical equipment in Hampshire hospitals

A FAMILY festival that helps raise money for Hampshire hospital equipment returns this summer.

The Good Festival, formerly Hampshire Country & Garden Festival, will take place in the gardens of Bere Mill on the River Test in Whitchurch on June 25 and 26.

The festival is an annual event organized by the Hampshire Medical Fund, the charity which purchases medical equipment for Basingstoke, Andover and Winchester NHS hospitals which is not covered by NHS budgets.

Last year the festival raised £72,000, enabling the purchase and installation of eight Resuscitaire machines in the maternity and neonatal wards of each hospital. These machines allow newborns to get immediate support for their breathing, temperature, oxygen level, and other life-saving interventions.

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This year, the Hampshire Medical Fund is aiming to raise £200,000 to buy a state-of-the-art AI (artificial intelligence) machine for interventional radiology. This machine enables minimally invasive image-guided procedures to target tumor ablation treatments in abdominal regions (lungs, kidneys and liver). With only two of these machines in the whole of the UK, this machine would be cutting edge technology in cancer treatment for Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

This year, the festival kicks off with a dinner and auction on Saturday evening and continues on Sunday with an all-day family festival. This family event celebrates the good life – with food, attractions, booths, exhibits, talks and a dog show.

Tickets for the festival can be purchased at goodfestival.co.uk/buy-tickets.

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