Bingo sessions boost for the My WiSH charity as £5,000 is raised
Bingo sessions held in Great Cornard have helped to raise thousands of pounds for the My WiSH Charity.
They have been spearheaded by Tracy Tatum, who along with family and friends, have raised an amazing £5,000 in just three years with £2,000 being raised in the past four months for the Every Heart Matters appeal.
The rest of the money has gone to the Macmillan Unit at the West Suffolk Hospital and the charity’s Love Your Nodes appeal.
Tracy, who lives in Second Avenue, in Sudbury, runs the once-a-month sessions at Old Wells School with between 30 to 45 people attending.
And the 53-year-old craft maker and support worker at The Dell Care Home, in Great Cornard, gets help with the sessions from her husband Anthony, sister-in-law and brother Sharon and Andy Paxton, daughters Vicky Tatum and Samantha Neill and family friend Marilyn Gooby.
It has turned into a real close knit family tradition and one which has helped to boost the My WiSH Charity.
Sessions take place on the last Saturday in the month and Tracy explained that she started the fundraising after contracting breast cancer four years ago. That’s what prompted her to start raising money for My WiSH, which supports the hospital in Bury St Edmunds, and she also said she lost her brother Ian Wood after he suffered a heart attack six years ago when he was 55.
She said: “It’s good to have a local cardiac unit at the hospital which will help people not having to travel further afield and will be a real asset.”
Sally Daniels, appeal manager, said “Tracy and her family and friends are putting on such a great event for the community. They have not only raised an incredible amount of money but have given people the opportunity to get together and enjoy a sociable evening rather than being at home on their own which is just fantastic.”
The Every Heart Matters appeal is aimed at raising £500,000 for a new cardiac diagnostic centre at the West Suffolk Hospital.
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 Charity 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.
If you want to support the appeal you can do so by going to Justgiving.com/ehma or text EHMA17 £10 to 70070.
Written by Russell Cook