Passing of Harrogate Hospital & Community Charity supporter inspires fundraising of vital equipment for Harrogate District Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

Posted on: Friday 14 Jul 2023

Andrew Lupton, Econ Engineering Sales Director

Following the sad passing of Andrew Lupton, Sales Director at Econ Engineering, local businesses, friends and family have raised over £15,000 in his memory for Harrogate Hospital & Community Charity (HHCC).

After talks with HHCC, Andrew’s Family alongside Econ Engineering have decided all funds raised will help to purchase an MRI compatible ventilator monitor for use in Harrogate District Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Andrew was looked after with great care in his final hours by the ICU department and the donation of this equipment will aid in the care of future patients who spend time in the unit.

The ventilator monitor will allow clinical staff to accurately assess patients during transfer and ensure they can receive MRI scans while they remain ventilated.

Loved ones and local businesses payed tribute to Andrew by donating to HHCC through a JustGiving page set up by Andrew’s Family. HHCC are aiming to reach the additional fundraising goal of £80,000 needed to purchase the ventilator through their own donations page.

Dr Martin Huntley, Intensive Care Medicine Clinical Lead for Critical Care said, “As a service that is required to provide urgent lifesaving treatments to patients, it is important that we are able to perform specialised investigations like MRI in a timely manner.

“Currently, we would need to transfer intensive care patients to another hospital to get an MRI as we don’t have the specialised equipment that is needed to monitor and support their breathing during the test.

“An MRI compatible ventilator and patient monitoring system will allow us to provide this investigation for our patients at Harrogate for the first time ever.”

Sammy Lambert, Business Development, Charity and Volunteer Manager for HHCC, said, “We are incredibly grateful for everyone’s kind and generous fundraising in memory of Andrew.

“This piece of equipment will enhance the experience of patients when they are transferred, benefit the work of our incredible staff at Harrogate District Hospital and leave a lasting in legacy for many years to come.

“Our Director of Strategy, myself, some of the Charity and ICU Team and members of the public will take on National Three Peaks Challenge to raise vital funds for this equipment.

“Please donate, if you can. HHCC could not go above and beyond the provision of the NHS to fund equipment such as this ventilator without the generosity of our supporters who we are so grateful to have.”

A spokesperson for Econ Engineering said “Econ are fully supportive of this project and would encourage as many people to support this fundraising effort where possible, which will help aid as many patients as possible in the future.”

Visit Harrogate Hospital and Community Charitiy’s donation page today to raise money for this lifesaving piece of equipment



For further information please contact:

  • Giles Latham, Communications and Marketing Manager on [email protected] and 01423 557470.
  • Greg Dawson, Communications and Marketing Assistant on [email protected] and 01423 557732.
  • Chantele Hodson, Communications and Marketing Assistant on [email protected] and 01423 557732

Harrogate Hospital & Community Charity

Harrogate Hospital & Community Charity is the Charity for Harrogate District Hospital and Community Health Services. The Charity raises funds to help do more for local patients and their families when they need it most. They fund specialist equipment, training and services over and above what the NHS provides, and  raise funds for individual departments and services and the charity as a whole. To support Harrogate Hospital & Community Charity, visit

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