Lunch club boost for Every Heart Matters appeal
The women of the St John’s Friday Ladies Lunch Group have been busy raising cash for the Every Heart Matters appeal.
And they have handed over a cheque for £100 to campaign organisers My WiSH Charity, at a recent meeting.
The group, which has between 35 and 40 members, meet in the Westley Hall, in School Road, Elmswell, and originally started meeting as a church fellowship.
The gatherings, which are run and organised by group leader Brenda Begg, along with Linda Waspe, Dorothy Bridge, Margaret Hitchins and Sally Maidwell, serve up home made food including soup, bread and cheese, fruit, tea and coffee and members have also been putting loose change in a collection tin which helped to raise the money.
Brenda said: “We like to raise money for local charities and chose the appeal after we heard about the plans for a new cardiac centre at the hospital in Bury St Edmunds.
“This new unit will help local people who have had to travel further for treatment and make it easier for them to get to.
“Cardiac failure could happen to anyone of us and we would rather support a local charity.”
Now this year they are hoping to raise funds for the stroke unit at the hospital.
Sally Daniels, My WiSH appeals manager, said: “These ladies have been wonderful raising the money for the appeal and its contributions like these which have helped us to reach our target. We can’t thank them enough for their kind thoughts and efforts.”
The appeal reached its target of £500,000 in December which 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 have to be treated elsewhere for a range of cardiac services that are currently 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 will allow diagnostic tests, checks and follow up 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; Sue Smith, fundraising manager for My WiSH Charity, being handed the cheque from members of the St John’s Friday Ladies Lunch Group.