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Barber's shop fundraising for the Every Heart Matters appeal

Ollie Morton, Marcus Volkert, Maria Novikov, Tom Old
The scissors came out for charity when the newly opened Mr Barbers held an open day at its shop in St Andrews Street South, Bury St Edmunds.

Hairs were cut free of charge but customers were asked to make a donation to the Every Heart Matters appeal with a total of £213.34 being raised.

It has helped the appeal, which was run by the My WiSH Charity, to reach its £500,000 target to create a new cardiac diagnostic centre at the West Suffolk Hospital.

Shop owner Tom Old who owns the business with his partner Mark Lovell, said it was a great day and were delighted with the amount they raised.

He said they decided to open their second shop in the town after getting so many customers at their other premises in the town on Angel Hill.

“And we had a great day when we opened up the other shop offering free haircuts for the day.

“It was really busy and really great fun and we managed to raise a bit of money for the appeal which we chose as it’s a charity that’s pretty close to us as my wife’s father has had heart problems. It fitted nicely with us.”

The appeal reached its target of £500,000 in December which has enabled the hospital to create a specialist heart diagnosis unit and bring the heart 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 west Suffolk have to be treated elsewhere for a range of cardiac services that are currently 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 will allow diagnostic tests, checks and follow up 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 Russel Cook

Pictured from left to right are Ollie Morton, Marcus Volkert, shop manager Maria Novikov and joint shop owner Tom Old.

 

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