NHS70 party helps to boost the funds of the Every Heart Matters appeal
A special NHS70 party held at the Victory Ground, in Bury St Edmunds, has boosted the funds of the Every Heart Matters appeal.
The event, which was attended by over 60 people, was organised by Unison members. The evening featured the band Clinical Waste, made up of consultants and staff at from the West Suffolk Hospital, and along with a raffle raised a total of £647.
The latest contribution to the appeal is helping it towards the £500,000 target to create an integrated cardiac centre at the hospital.
Paul Pearson, the Trust convenor for the union at the hospital, said the funds were raised from ticket sales and the raffle with prizes being donated by a host of businesses including Harriet’s Tea Rooms, Sports Direct, Vodaphone and UNISON and he said the event was a great success.
“We hoped to have the party on the hospital site but that proved difficult so we eventually had it at the cricket ground and it was a great event.
“More than 60 people attended including Labour MEP Alex Mayer and the venue was donated to us and the band donated their time as well.
“Tickets were sold at £4 but much of the money we raised came from the raffle.”
And he praised the organisers of the party: Liz Fox, IT project manager at the hospital; Peggy Brame, UNISON volunteer; Janet Watkins, hospital waiting list manager; and Mark Trask from Suffolk Police.
He also thanks police at the Bury station for donating a cake for the raffle.
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 Every Heart Matters appeal click here and if you would like to donate to the appeal you can do so by going to: Justgiving.com/ehma or text EHMA17 £10 to 70070.
Written by Russell Cook
Pictured, left to right, are Rosie Nunn, manager at the Victory Ground; Liz Fox; Peggy Brame and Paul Pearson.