Salvation Army carol service raises over £250 for the Every Heart Matters appeal
A carol service held at the Salvation Army, in St John’s Street, Bury St Edmunds, has helped to boost the Every Heart Matters appeal.
Attended by up to 50 people it raised a total of £252.50 from a collection which has now been handed over to the My WiSH Charity, which is running the appeal to create a new cardiac unit at West Suffolk Hospital.
Major Christine Whittingham said every year they raise money for charity and five were put forward last year with members at the Salvation Army choosing the heart appeal.
Band master Paul Doswell had suggested the campaign after his father and uncle had heart issues.
Major Whittingham said: “We desperately need this cardiac facility in the town which is meaningful for the community and the surrounding areas.
“We have an outstanding hospital in Bury St Edmunds and to make it more outstanding we need this centre of care.
“We need to have this provision close to where patients live.”
Sally Daniels, campaign manager for My WiSH, said: “Just to raise this amount from a single collection is amazing and we are so grateful to the Salvation Army for their support.
“Every little bit helps in our campaign to raise the money for our new cardiac centre.”
The appeal is aiming to raise £500,000 to help fund building a brand new cardiac unit at the hospital.
The West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is investing £5.2m in developing a state of the art cardiac suite 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 go to the website www.mywishcharity.co.uk 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.