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Every Heart Matters appeal gets a kick start

James SheenThe My WiSH Charity’s Every Heart Matters appeal has been given a £760 kick start thanks to the efforts of I Love Bury St Edmunds website owner James Sheen.

For he has donated money he raised from an abseil down the 262ft tall ArcelorMittal Orbit, at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, in London.

And at the same time he conquered one of this top three demons after speaking at a funeral and having his teeth extracted … which he had been putting off for three years.

He was one of 29 individuals who were set the challenge to abseil down the structure on a clear blue sky day back in June along with other staff members of the West Suffolk Hospital and supporters of the hospital’s My WiSH charity.

The appeal is aiming to raise £500,000 to build a brand new cardiac centre at the hospital in Bury St Edmunds and was officially launched last month by Newmarket jockey Frankie Dettori.

The appeal needs to raise the money to support the build of a new cardiac diagnostic unit alongside the cardiac suite to create a fully integrated cardiac centre that will enhance the treatment of all cardiac patients.

The West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is investing £5.2m in developing a state of the art cardiac suite that will provide quicker access to more treatments, but the £500,000 My WiSH is hoping to raise will lead to the whole unit, which is currently fragmented on different floors, being brought together in one purpose-built centre.

Mr Sheen’s efforts were particularly poignant as back in 2010 his mother Marjorie, now 90, had to undergo a triple heart bypass at Papworth Hospital.

He said it would be great to have the cardiac centre up and running in his home town to save people in the area having to make longer journeys for the specialist treatment.

The 53-year-old, who lives with his mother in Cotton Lane, said of his fundraising stunt: “It was not as scary as I thought it would be as I have a real problem with heights but it was something which I needed to do.

“I was nervous about it but I was helped by the fact that there was five of us who took the lift to the top before we abseiled down.

“I thought I’m up here now and I just want to get on with it but I was totally out of my comfort zone and I can’t believe I’ve done it but I really loved it and it was amazing,” said the man who works as a sales person at the Adnams shop, in Bury town centre.

“I know it’s a small amount in the grand scheme of things but it’s a start for the appeal and it’s all about doing something for other people.

“I heard that the Every Heart Matters appeal had been launched and wanted to donate the money to it as it’s important to me,” said Mr Sheen who captured his descent on video and can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcXLl02aY5Y

“It’s something which I believe in and which can help people in Bury St Edmunds rather than having to travel great distances and it’s a great way to make some money for a charity which you believe in and I’m humbled by the people who have donated,” he added.

Meanwhile, he is organising a photo bombing session on Sunday, August 20, at noon, at the Norman Tower, which is due to be attended by the Mayor of St Edmundsbury Terry Clements, in a bid to promote St Edmunds Day over the weekend of November 18, 19 and 20.

He is encouraging as many people as possible to attend the session.

For full details go to the website https://www.welovebse.com/2017/07/your-town-needs-you/

If you would like to donate to the Every Heart Matters Appeal you can do so by going onto the charity website.




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