IN 1997, readers of the Lancashire Evening Telegraph got behind a major appeal to raise money for a specialist MRI for patients in East Lancashire.

The biggest fund-raising event was the Super Scan walk along the newly-completed stretch of the M65 heading towards Colne.

Before the motorway opened a staggering 5,000 people took part in the charity walk raising more than £150,000 in the process. Sales of special Super Scan T-shirts raised an additional £18,000 on the day.

Super walk chairman Ian Woolley said: “It was amazing that people supported us in such a huge way.

“We have had fantastic support from ordinary people all over East Lancashire and it has give the scanner appeal a huge boost. This was probably the biggest amount of money ever raised in Lancashire on one day for charity.”

The scanner would be based at Blackburn Royal Infirmary and the appeal was set to hit its target by Christmas, 1997