Sponsored run round Hardwick Heath helps to raise funds for the WiSH Upon A Star appeal
Thirteen boys from the Bury Town Lions under 13’s team have helped to raise money towards the care and well being of children at the West Suffolk Hospital.
They decided to run 50 miles round Hardwick Heath in aid of the My WiSH Charity’s WiSH Upon A Star appeal.
And once all the sponsorship and donations have been received along with a bucket collection at one of Bury Town’s home games they are hoping that they will be able to hand over £1,000 to the charity.
The money will be used to purchase some specialist stairs for the physio department to aid the young patient’s recovery.
Philip Brown, the under 13s coach, said that the football club has an existing connection with My WiSH and have supported the charity for years and he wanted the boys to develop with other activities in helping the community.
He said: “It is always very difficult to see kids in hospital and if we can help to make their stay more comfortable or quicker, then we have done a very good thing.
“The boys in the team will also benefit from being involved in such a great cause and hopefully it was an activity that they can repeat throughout their lives. Helping others.
“We got agreement from their parents for them to carry out the run and some of them joined in and we ran a total of 65 miles. We wanted the money to go towards helping the children at the hospital in some way.”
Amy Hatch, the fundraising officer for My WiSH, said: “The boys did an absolutely amazing job; not only did they complete their challenge they exceeded it by running a whopping 65miles.
“They should be extremely proud of themselves and the money they raised will make such a difference to our young patients here at the hospital.
“It was a fantastic day that I am proud I was a part of. To see everyone coming together, even the parents joined in, to raise money for others is just fantastic.”
The WiSH Upon a Star appeal was launched in 2017 and support for it has grown.
It has helped to purchase a number of items including new baby cots which are specifically targeted at caesarean section mums, an Accuvein for the children's outpatient department which shines a light on the patient highlighting their veins making it much easier to take blood or cannulate young patients, and a saturation monitor for the Rainbow Ward which monitors the oxygen saturation of the child's blood.
If you would like to support the WiSH Upon a Star appeal contact the fundraising team on 01284 712952 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Written by Russell Cook
Pictured: The Bury Town Lions under 13s team with their coach Philip Brown.