Tea dances help to raise £1,000 for the Every Heart Matters appeal
A series of tea dances held at the British Sugar Social Club, in Bury St Edmunds, has boosted the funds of the Every Heart Matters appeal by £1,000.
The events were held on the second Sunday of the month by Peter and Jackie Fairweather who run the sequence and line dancing sessions.
And the money was raised for the appeal, which is being run by the My WiSH Charity, through raffles and attendance fees.
The appeal is aimed at raising £500,000 for a new cardiac diagnostic centre at the West Suffolk Hospital and Jackie said: “We try to raise money each year for a different chosen charity and members get to vote for which one they would like the money donated to.
“The numbers who attend vary and we have had 60 to 70 people attend some sessions but on an average we have about 40 each month.
“Every year we ask people who they want to raise the money for and whoever has the biggest number we give to them and everyone has got something dear to them that they would want to raise the money for.
“It’s nice for us to donate to a local charity and the appeal is so relevant for our members who may need the care but will not have so far to travel for treatment.”
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
Members of the Sunday Tea Dance group with their £1,000 cheque for the Every Heart Matters appeal.