Waitrose customers help to raise money for the paediatric emergency department
Customers at the Waitrose store, in Bury St Edmunds, have helped to raise money for the paediatric emergency department at the West Suffolk Hospital.
For in the store’s monthly community matters tokens scheme, where shoppers get a token each time they pay a visit, a total of £538 was raised to purchase sensory toys in the waiting area.
Each month the store runs the scheme where £1,000 is split between three charities.
And Jane Gunsman, the store’s community matters champion, said they chose the department through the My WiSH Charity after paediatric sister, Nita Fordham wrote to the store asking to be one of the charities to benefit from the scheme.
“The money is being targeted for the children’s A&E department after Nita wrote in to request if they could be part of the token scheme,” she said.
Sue Smith, fundraising manager, said “We can’t thank Waitrose enough for this donation. It really will make a difference. And a huge thank you too to Nita for initiating the green token scheme in store.”
Written by Russell Cook
Pictured at the West Suffolk Hospital, are left to right, Emma Murrow, student nurse; Nita Fordham, paediatric sister; Jane Gunsman, Waitrose community matters champion Bury St Edmunds; and Emily Stannard, paediatric sister.