Veterinary diagnostic imaging specialists BCF Technology have donated a brand new Carestream Vita Flex Digital X-Ray system and generator to The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust for use in their new centre being built in The Gambia.
BCF Technology also hosted talks in Scotland for part of The Vets with Horsepower Team motorcycle ride in support of The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust.
The team of equine vets rode motorcycles around the British Isles and Ireland, delivering high quality talks and raising money for The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust. BCF hosted the talks to vets and horse owners at their new global headquarters in Bellshill near Glasgow.
It was the fifth Horse Power event, and so far the team has raised over £280,000 for a variety of causes. The concept was the brainchild of Professor Derek Knottenbelt, who has gathered other renowned equine vets who are keen on motorcycling to join him on Horse Power CPD tours as far afield as Russia and Morocco.
Professor Derek Knottenbelt said: “We are absolutely astounded by the amazingly kind donation of a digital X-ray system and generator. Never in my wildest dreams did I think we would have such a system that could be used at the equine hospital in the Gambia. BCF have supported us every year since we started Horse Power CPD back in 2010. We are completely blown away by such a generous donation. It will make a real difference to the lives of those we are trying to support and the care of their working animals – thank you BCF.”
Gavin Mitchell, BCF Managing Director commented: “Derek and his team are a true inspiration and we are proud to support them. They are a very special bunch who make a major difference to the lives of many. We are absolutely delighted to be able to help this year by hosting and supporting one of the events. We knew Derek wanted to kit out the equine hospital in Banjul, Gambia that they help build last year. We really wanted to support Derek and his team and knew the X-ray system would be ideal.”
The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust’s new centre will consist of an equine hospital, stabling for 25 in-patients, offices, a visitor centre and a lecture room together with accommodation for volunteers, students and staff. Vets who have previously volunteered in The Gambia and are familiar with what is needed have contributed to the design of the hospital.
Staff for the new centre are being trained at Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust’s original centre in Sambel Kunda so that when the new centre is opened at the end of this year it will be able to function immediately.
You can donate via www.uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/VwHP2015.
More information on the Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust can also be found at www.gambiahorseanddonkey.org.uk
For more information visit the Facebook site, search for Vets with Horsepower or visit the BCF website at www.bcftechnology.com
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