Generous community throw their weight behind Love Your Nodes campaign
A fundraising appeal to buy a crucial piece of equipment for breast cancer patients at West Suffolk Hospital has got off to a fantastic start.
My WiSH Charity, which supports the hospital, joined forces with the Bury Free Press earlier this month to launch the ‘Love Your Nodes’ campaign to raise £25,000 for a Sentimag machine to help with the removal of lymph nodes.
Just four weeks into the appeal, the total raised already stands at more than £5,00 while a member of the hospital’s breast care team, Carol Watson, is taking part in the 100-mile Prudential RideLondon on Sunday.
Carol, 53, PA to the Breast Care Unit, said: “I have worked in the department for 22 years and when the Nodes campaign was started by the My WiSH Charity, I thought it was an ideal thing to fundraise for.
“I wanted to raise some money for something that was close to me and I see every day what a huge difference the Sentimag would make for patients.
“I have slowly been building my distances up and I took part in the West Suffolk Spin cycle ride and enjoyed that.”
The campaign was also boosted by a generous donation of £1,500 within weeks of it being launched in the Bury Free Press.
It came courtesy of Barton Place Farm in Great Barton with the owners wanting to support a local charity.
Ellie Hay, rural business manager, said: “My mother Debbie had breast cancer in 2008 and had to have all her lymph nodes removed on her right side.
“We also lost, Sally Bennett, who worked on the farm to cancer. It has become something very close to our hearts.
“We have supported a cancer charity every year since. It is great to be able to support a local charity and something to help cancer patients at our hospital.
A trio of fantastic early support for the Love Your Nodes has been completed by staff and customers at Sainsbury’s in Mildenhall who have chosen the campaign as their charity of the year.
Sue Smith, fundraising manager for My WiSH Charity, said: “We are delighted with the support the Love Your Nodes campaign has had in its first month.
“Every penny raised or donated will make a real difference to cancer patients at West Suffolk Hospital.”
Every year up to 250 people have breast cancer operations at the West Suffolk Hospital. The Sentimag will give surgeons a greater idea of what lymph nodes to remove to ensure the cancer has not spread further.
Carol can be sponsored via her Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Carol-Watson3 while anyone interested in finding out how they can support the campaign, should contact the fundraising team on 01284 712952 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To donate, please visit www.justgiving.com/loveyournodes or you can text to donate by texting NODE16 £3 or the amount you wish to give to 70070.