Choirs link up to raise money for the Every Heart Matters appeal
The St Edmundsbury Male Voice Choir and the Lift Choir, made up of staff from the West Suffolk Hospital, joined forces for a charity concert.
There was a packed house for the event at St John’s Church, in Bury St Edmunds, with a total of £1,350 being raised for the Every Heart Matters appeal.
It was the first time the choirs had linked up and proved to be a great success.
The programme included golden oldies such as “California Dreamin” and “Perfect Day” as well as more modern pieces such as “This is Me”.
Lift’s soloists included eight-year-old Saffron Wilkinson and Laura Crutchlow, 13, as well as Rachel Ni and their musical director Dr Phillippa Lawson.
SEMVC chose a traditional first half finishing with “Amen” and then enthralled the audience with a modern selection, concluding with what is sure to become a choir classic, Elbow’s “One Day Like This”.
The concert finished with the choirs combining for a rendition of “You Raise Me Up”.
Organiser Ivor Thulborn thanked all those who helped with the concert.
Sally Daniels, appeal manager, said “This is the second time the Lift choir has supported the appeal which is just incredible. And for the SEMVC to ask them to join forces for this concert is just wonderful. Thank you to everyone who sung on the night and to those who supported them”.
The appeal, which has been run by the My WiSH Charity, is was aimed at raising £500,000 for a new cardiac diagnostic centre at the West Suffolk Hospital, and reached its target last December.
It 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: Members of the West Suffolk Hospital staff choir Lift together with members of St Edmundsbury Male Voice Choir at the presentation of a cheque for £1,350 towards the Every Heart Matters appeal.