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My WiSH Charity calls on community to help beat world record

Mercury and EADT world record attempt picA charity supporting West Suffolk Hospital is hoping to earn a place in the record books – and raise crucial funds for a new piece of equipment.

My Wish Charity is currently fundraising for a Sherlock machine for the Hospital’s Medical Treatment Unit.

To support the appeal, the charity – formerly West Suffolk Hospital Charity - is hoping to break the record for the most people in one place playing an inflatable guitar at a special event on Hardwick Heath on Saturday 21 May.

Sue Smith, fundraising manager, said: “We wanted to put on a fun and novel event to get the community involved and to help us raise funds for an important piece of equipment.

“The Sherlock machine makes a huge difference to both patients and staff.  It ensures that staff can insert a catheter line into a patient much more simply and without the need for a post-procedure x-ray.

“Incredibly this line can be used for up to a year which saves the patient from numerous hospital visits/stays during the course of their treatment.”

Anyone interested in joining the world record attempt, which has the support of the ‘We Love Bury St Edmunds’ Facebook group, can purchase a guitar on the day by making a donation of just £3.

Or they can donate their £3 via the special page - www.justgiving.com/WSHCharityWRA - and be in with a chance of winning an iPad Mini.

There will also be live music to help participants practice their moves.

Sue added: “To raise awareness of the event, we grabbed our inflatable guitars and took them all around Bury.

“There was great support for the event and the charity – which just shows how well-loved the hospital is by its community.

“Whether you are a wannabee Brian May or want to rock all over the world with us, we would love to see you on the day.”

This event is being proudly sponsored by the Homegrown Music Festival, which is also supporting the fundraising appeal for the Sherlock machine.

To find out more information about the event, please contact 01284 712952 or fundraising@wsh.nhs.uk.


Charity Registration Number:1049223