95 Club raises £500 for the Every Heart Matters appeal
Coffee mornings, afternoon teas and a special fundraising supper has helped to raise £500 for the Every Heart Matters appeal.
The money was raised by members of the 95 Club in Sudbury and has been handed over to the My WiSH Charity which organised the appeal aimed at raising £500,000 for a new cardiac diagnostic centre at the West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds.
The club meets twice a month at the Bridge Project, in Gainsborough Street, and its 41 members, who ages range from the 50s to the 80s, raised a total of £1,000 over the course of the year from the various events with it being split between the appeal and a children’s club in Sudbury.
Ann Clark, the current President, said the club got its name after being formed in 1995 and said the idea for raising money for the campaign was decided by club members.
“We like to support one or two charities each year and decided on the Every Heart Matters appeal and we were really pleased to have raised that amount of money for each charity.
“We ask for ideas from the members and we all felt that we all know of either family members or friends affected by heart conditions and this new unit will make it much easier for people to be diagnosed and treated locally.”
Sally Daniels, appeal manager, said “It was wonderful to meet the ladies from the 95 Club and to let them know what a difference this money will make to the community. We can’t thank them enough for their support.”
The appeal reached its target last December and has enabled the hospital to create a specialist heart diagnosis unit and bring the cardiac department together on one floor.
Activity in the cardiology department has been increasing year on year, with a significant increase in patient demand in the last five years.
However, a proportion of patients with heart conditions in were having to be treated elsewhere for a range of cardiac services that were not available at West Suffolk.
The West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust invested £5.2m in developing the state-of-the-art cardiac suite that provides quicker access to more treatments for the local community and the appeal was aimed at supporting a fully integrated cardiac centre that will enhance the treatment of cardiac patients.
It allows diagnostic tests, checks and follow ups to happen all in one place and means that patients will not need to visit other departments or repeatedly dress and undress for tests and scans.
Written by Russell Cook
Pictured is Ann Clark, the President of the 95 Club, handing over a cheque for £500 to Sally Daniel, the My WiSH appeal manager.