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Couple's 5 mile walk helps to raise money for the Butterfly Appeal

Vicky PaxtonFather and daughter pairing Andrew and Vicky Paxton walked through the pain barrier in a bid to support a hospital charity.

For the pair, who live in Jubilee Road, Sudbury, raised a total of £529.10 after walking 5 miles in the town’s annual fun run/walk.

It took them 1 hour 45 minutes and 2 seconds to complete the course but their efforts were not in vain with the money going toward the My WiSH Charity’s Butterfly Appeal which has been set up to help enhance the care for patients at the West Suffolk Hospital at the end of their lives, both in the hospital and out in the community.

Vicky, 23, who works as a machine operator at Siemens in the town and her father, a 57-year-old refuse collector, are now making plans to run the course next year.

She said: “It nearly killed us both but we managed to complete the course.

“We started doing 15 to 20 minutes each on the treadmill but ended up just taking on the walk. But next year we are hope to run the course but we will have to train a bit more for it.”

Vicky helps her aunt and uncle Anthony and Tracy Tatum with charity bingo sessions in Great Cornard with money from it going towards My WiSH.

The sessions, held once-a-month at the Stevenson Centre are attended by up to 45 people, and have raised an amazing £7,750 in just three years.

It has turned into a real close knit family tradition and for Vicky and her father they immediately knew what charity they wanted to raise the money for.

The hospital, in Bury St Edmunds, 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 Vicky and Andy have helped to make those last moments a little easier for both the patients and their loved ones. We can’t thank them and all their family members for their continued support”.

Written by Russell Cook

Pictured Vicky Paxton with her cheque for the Butterfly Appeal.


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