A specialist cancer centre based at a Northwood hospital has been given more than £10,000 from the Freemasons.

The Paul Strickland Scanner Centre, located in Rickmansworth Road, was presented with a cheque for £10,350 last Thursday.

Margaret Sullivan, chief executive and Dr Terry Wright, chairman of Paul Strickland Scanner Centre were presented the cheque from The Freemasons’ Grand Charity by HRH Prince Michael of Kent.

The centre provides scanning services to the NHS and private health sector for the diagnosis, treatment, monitoring and research of cancer and other serious illnesses and carries out about 13,000 scans each year.

The donation will be used to buy Syngo CT Bone Reading software that will help the centre’s radiologists diagnose bone conditions.

Ms Sullivan said: "The advances we lead and develop in diagnostic imaging are shared with our immediate and wider communities, ensuring the individual cancer patient has the best possible chance of a better quality of life. We are very grateful for The Freemasons’ Grand Charity support for the scanner centre and the way it will help our patients."

Stewart Graham, provincial communications officer for the Masonic Province of Middlesex, said: "Paul Strickland Scanner Centre offers incredibly advanced scanning services to all health sectors and plays a major part in the diagnosis and enhanced treatment for patients, resulting in a better, healthier future. The Freemasons are very proud to be able to assist, by this donation, in that work."