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Wedding anniversary collection gives a boost to the Macmillan Unit

Mike and Bernie WildingMike and Bernie Wilding celebrated their wedding anniversary with a special party.

And they managed to collect £520 in donations from the 200 plus family and friends who attended which has been handed over to the My WiSH Charity, which supports the West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds.

The money has been given to the Macmillan Unit at the hospital after the couple decided to “do something different” to celebrate their 45thanniversary.

The pair, who live in Ely Court, Mildenhall, held the party at the Social Club, and 67-year-old Bernie and her 73-year-old husband, a part time ambulance driver, celebrated in style.

“We just wanted to do something different as we did not want any presents and felt in our hearts that we wanted to give money to the hospital,” said Bernie.

The couple who have three daughters, Tracey, Wendy and Christina, invited those close to them to the party.

“It was a great occasion and we were really pleased with the amount that we raised,” said Bernie.

And she said her husband and two of her daughters have links with the hospital.

For Christina has followed in the footsteps of her father driving ambulances while her youngest Christina is a nurse at the hospital.

And she added: “Although Mike is 73 he still loves doing the job and works three days a week. I just cannot get him to retire I’m afraid. He just loves helping people.”

Written by Russell Cook

Pictured is Fran Davidson, Macmillan Ward manager, with Bernie and Mike Wilding.


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