Over 60s club raises money for the Every Heart Matters appeal
Members of the Barrow Over 60s club have been fundraising for the Every Heart Matters appeal.
From a series of initiatives including the selling of Christmas and birthday cards to bingo sessions and an auction they have raised a total of £379.55 for the My WiSH Charity which has been organising the appeal.
It was set up last year with the aim of raising £500,000 for a new heart diagnostic unit at the West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds, reaching its total in December.
And members of the club handed over a cheque from the funds that they raised to the charity’s appeal manager Sally Daniels.
The Over 60s committee member Marilyn Stark said they also had a series of collection dishes which also boosted the amount.
The club, which has between 60 and 70 members, meets once a fortnight on a Thursday, in the Village Hall, and Mrs Stark added: “My husband Graham has had open heart surgery but he had to travel to Papworth for the treatment. Having the heart unit at the West Suffolk will save people having to travel further afield for their treatment so it will cut down the journey for patients which is marvellous.”
Appeal manger, Sally Daniels, said “We have attended a couple of the Barrow Over 60s afternoons and they are always great fun. It’s wonderful to see members of the community spending time together and caring for one another as well as supporting their local hospital”.
The appeal 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
Members of the Barrow Over 60s club hand over the cheque to Sally Daniels, (centre) the My WiSH Charity appeal manager.