Buckets at the ready!
A bucket collection at the Tesco store, in Sudbury, has helped to raise funds for the Rainbow Ward at the West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds.
It was carried out by Ian Snowling and his wife Lisa along with their two children Joshua and Millie.
And thanks to their efforts a total of £561.03, which also included a donation of an Xbox One, was raised from the fundraising initiative.
Their efforts came as a thank you to the hospital’s care for their eight-year-old son who developed a rare illness called myocarditis which effects just two people in a million.
It is an inflammation of the heart muscle and symptoms can include shortness of breath, chest pain, decreased ability to exercise and an irregular heartbeat.
Joshua, who along with his six-year-old sister are pupils at Acton Primary School, developed the complaint when he was just six-years-old.
And after initially being admitted as a patient at the West Suffolk he had specialist heart surgery at the Evelina London Children's Hospital where he was put on a life support system and where stayed for three weeks before he returned to the hospital in Bury St Edmunds.
“We owe them his life really for at the time it was horrendous for us all,” said 38-year-old Ian, who works on the railway. “They have all been just brilliant and it’s just our way of repaying them.”
Along with his wife Lisa, 37, and the two children they spent time in the store on the Woodhall Business Park, in Springlands Way, Sudbury, with their four collection buckets.
“And people just kept coming up putting money in them for us and the children lasted the day,” he said.
“The aftercare Joshua has received at the West Suffolk has been absolutely brilliant and it was the first case of its kind that they have seen but they are so reassuring all of the time.
“It’s just our way of saying thank you to them all .”
Joshua has made a full recovery from his illness and has now been given an appointment for two year’s time to check on his progress.