Chinese New Year helps to raise funds for the Butterfly Appeal
Celebrations in Bury St Edmunds to mark the Chinese New Year has led to thousands of pounds being raised for charity.
And part of the money collected from the event, which was held at the Apex and attended by over 300 people, has gone to the My WiSH Charity, which supports the West Suffolk Hospital.
A total of £2,750 was handed over from the Lions Club of Bury St Edmunds, which organised the evening, and the money is earmarked for the hospital’s Butterfly Appeal, which helps enhance the care for patients at the end of their lives, both in the hospital and out in the community.
Sheila Barnard, the club’s President, said the funds were raised from the sale of tickets along with other generous donations, sponsorship and a grand raffle.
“It’s very important that we raise money for My WiSH as it supports our local hospital and we always raise money for local charities.
“We want to do something similar next year so long as we can get the dancers and get sponsorship for it.
“We really, really did not expect to get so many people to attend but we thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a great event.”
Mrs Barnard, who runs Auntie Pam’s sweet shop in the town centre, said the club had just 10 members and added: “We were very pleased and delighted to have raised money for such a worthwhile charity. We are a very small club and everyone puts in a tremendous amount of work towards the event.”
The Year of the Pig celebrations on February 26 included traditional acts brought all the way from the Far East, a lion dance as well as ballerinas from West Suffolk College and mini theatre productions from Stagecoach.
The event also included a Chinese buffet before the show, attended by 88 people, and the grand prize raffle.
The West Suffolk Hospital treats a huge proportion of palliative and end of life patients in the area and the My WiSH Charity works closely with staff to find out what is needed and where it can help to ensure relatives, friends and loved ones are cared for too as this in turn, gives the patient comfort.
Packs are created when someone is called unexpectedly into hospital which consists of tissues, water, wipes, toothbrush and toothpaste among other things. Just little things to make patients more comfortable during their stay.
They also provide day beds and are seeking to purchase more as they allow relatives to stay with their loved ones but also get some much-needed sleep whilst never leaving their side.
It also pays for training so that the nurses can learn how to administer pain medicine without the need to wait for a doctor.
Sally Daniels, appeal manager, said “By supporting the Butterfly Appeal the donation from the Lions is helping to make those last moments a little easier and help support patients and their loved ones at a difficult time. We know how hard everyone worked to put on this event and we can’t thank them enough”.
Written by Russell Cook
Pictured, left to right, are Sue Smith, fundraising manager for My WiSH, Sheila Barnard and Patrick Chung from the Lions Club, and Sally Daniels, appeal manager for My WiSH.