Buffs raise £2,500 for the Every Heart Matters appeal
A series of race and quiz nights along with funds from an 80th birthday party and a sports day has helped to raise £2,500 for the Every Heart Matters appeal.
The total was achieved by members of the Hand of Fellowship Lodge of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes West Suffolk following the events held at the Risbygate Sports Club, in Bury St Edmunds.
The lodge meet at the club once a week and carried out the events over the course of the year.
The appeal, which has been run by the My WiSH Charity, was aimed at raising £500,000 for a new cardiac diagnostic centre at the West Suffolk Hospital, and reached its target last December.
Allan Havelock, the past Provincial Grand Primo, said: “The appeal really hit home for our members as we have had a few who have used the facilities at the hospital.
“We like to raise money for charity and over the course of the past five years have raised over £7,500 for a number of local organisations.
“But we had had three of our members who had been admitted to hospital with heart problems from valve replacements to by passes and pacemakers being fitted but they had to travel to other hospitals for some of the treatment.
“Now with the new cardiac centre being completed the amount of people in the catchment area that are going to benefit is huge and I had no qualms in supporting the appeal.”
Sally Daniels, appeal manager said “It was fantastic to meet the Buffs and show them the difference their money has made. They are such a great group who are passionate about supporting others and we can’t thank them enough. ”.
The appeal 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 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 handing over their cheque for £2,500 to the My WiSH Charity at the West Suffolk Hospital are members of the Hand of Fellowship Lodge of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes West Suffolk, K James, Allan Havelock, E Delaney, D Grimwood and G Cutting with Mica Chapman senior cardiac physiologist, Emily Clack cardiac physiologist, and Caroline Pryke chief cardiac physiologist.