The Arthrose Appeal started in 2014 and has gone for strength to strength and has now raised over £19,000.
Started by local businessman Ben Lord, the aim was to raise money for the fracture, orthopaedic and trauma clinics as a way of thanking them for the care given to his Nan Beryl Rose who has required multiple surgeries over the last 16 years due to her severe arthritis. Ben and his family wanted to ensure that the first class care and treatment that Beryl and her family received was recognised and that the public were made aware of the invaluable skill and effort the team of specialists provide at the West Suffolk Hospital.
The appeal, named after the Dutch term for arthritis, saw Ben organise a number of events with the aim of raising money for specialist walking frames.
He said: “Each and every time that Nan has been treated at the West Suffolk, it’s been done so with absolute excellence by the dedicated professionals who support not just the patient but their families as well.
“I have witnessed first-hand the brilliance in treating my Nan and seeing how a hugely painful and immobile situation can be reversed to you leading a normal daily life that offers restored mobility and pain-free is simply amazing.
“I knew I had to do something to give thanks and repay them and their colleagues for all that they’ve done now and over the past 14 years.”
Beryl said: “I cannot speak too highly of the care and support I have received from the trauma and orthopaedic department at West Suffolk Hospital.
“It has not always been easy living with pain, but the hospital staff have always gone above and beyond.”
Ben held quiz nights, a psychic night and an Elvis tribute evening and Ixworth’s Village Fete and Military Tattoo to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War also supported the appeal.
Mr Andrew Dunn, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, has been delighted with Ben’s support and when presented with the walking frames said “The state-of-the-art and specialist walking frames will allow patients to become more mobile and rehabilitate much quicker after surgery.”
Ben added: “Any amount of money that’s raised for hospitals is worthwhile but it’s rare that you hear of Trauma and Orthopaedics being the benefactor of a major fundraising campaign and coupled with our story, I felt that it was time to raise awareness of the value this department brings to each and every one of us across West Suffolk.”
The Arthrose Appeal has not only seen support from Ben and his family but also from staff and local groups such as the Thetford Inner Wheel, St Edmunds Trust, Rotary Club of Thetford and Langham Pensions and Investments. These donations have enabled My WiSH Charity to not only purchase the specialist walking frames but also a Continuous Passive Movement Machine (CPM) for use post knee surgery, a car seat, pushchair and wheelchair for hip spica children and a silent saw for the fracture clinic. These items all make such an incredible difference and allow staff to enhance the care already given to patients and therefore make life a little easier at a difficult time.
There is still lots more needed and Ben and My WiSH Charity really appreciate your support to help us provide the orthopaedic areas with the best equipment and facilities possible.