Charity ball helps to raise funds for toys and an interactive projector for young patients
Toys have been purchased for children being cared for at the West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds, with plans to also add an interactive projector to one of the wards.
It’s come as a result of a charity ball organised by Paul and Joanna Rayner which helped to raise a magnificent £8,500.
They had previously held two other similar events in 2013 and 2015 with a total of £22,500 being raised for the neonatal unit.
But this time the money raised from the ball, held at Ashlar House, has resulted in the toys for the new cardiac diagnostic unit and the projector for the Rainbow Ward.
The couple have supported the hospital through the My WiSH Charity since 2013 after their son Thomas was born seven weeks premature weighing just 3lbs.
Mr Rayner, who is director of Rayner Business and Accounting Solutions Limited, in Eastgate Street, said he and his wife, the head of performance at the West Suffolk Hospital, were keen to repay the hospital for the wonderful treatment they received before and after their son’s birth.
“This was the third ball that we have done and we organised it because we wanted to give something back to the hospital as a way of saying thank you to them.
“The ball included an auction which helped us to raise the total amount of money and it was very successful.”
Sue Smith, head of fundraising, said “Jo and Paul are such inspirational fundraisers who work so hard to make a difference to West Suffolk Hospital. We can’t thank them enough for their continued support”.
Written by Russell Cook
Pictured: Paul and Joanne Rayner with some of the toys they helped to purchase for the new cardiac diagnostic unit at the West Suffolk Hospital.