Laura Wright and family say special thank you to West Suffolk Hospital staff
Suffolk songstress Laura Wright has spearheaded a family fundraising appeal to say thank you to staff at West Suffolk Hospital for the care they have shown her grandfather.
Laura performed a special charity concert at St Mary’s Church, Lidgate – close to the home of her grandparents, Alan and Janet Piggott.
It was Alan’s treatment at West Suffolk Hospital that encouraged him to organise the concert on Sunday 17 May, which Laura headlined and was a sell-out.
Mr Piggott was recently an inpatient at the hospital and wanted to say thank you while Laura spent several weeks in the Hospital’s Rainbow Ward as a young child with septic arthritis.
She said: “Even while he was in hospital, my granddad wanted to do something special to say thank you to staff.
“When he asked me to perform, I was delighted to help both the Hospital and also return to Lidgate which has such wonderful memories for me growing up.
“It was a beautiful intimate setting and I really enjoyed performing a mix of well-known songs and a few that were a bit different and great fun.”
The concert included music from the world of jazz, classical and folk with the audience enjoying a chance to mix with Laura and her family after the event.
The fundraising was boosted further by Laura’s brother Liam who cycled 1,600 miles – and battled 35mph winds - around Iceland (see photos right).
Liam said: “I wanted to organise something that would both test myself but also encourage people to sponsor me.
“It was a really tough challenge but one that I am glad I did. I just wanted to raise as much money as possible.”
Mum Caroline added: “We would like to thank every single person who has donated to Liam’s fundraising or supported or attended Laura’s concert. The whole family really appreciates your generosity.”
Money raised from the family will go towards purchasing a piece of equipment called the Sherlock, which allows accurate insertion and positioning of intravenous catheters.
This reduces patient stress and pain and enables medical staff to confirm placement without additional X-rays.