Our birthday year is a great opportunity to say thank you to past staff members and what better one to start with than Jan Bloomfield!
Jan retired as director of workforce and communications at the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust in 2018 having worked for 27 years locally and more than 36 for the NHS.
Since 1995 she has been a huge supporter of, the previously named, West Suffolk Hospital Charity and was part of the rebrand in 2016 to My WiSH Charity. She’s attended many events in both a work capacity and a social one, in fact those who have attended the Valentine’s Ball at Southgate Community Centre will know, there’s no one that does the conga quite like Jan!
We had a chat to find out how she got involved with the charity way back in 1995.
How did you first get involved Jan?
I joined West Suffolk Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in 1991 as director of personnel. Four years later the Rainbow Appeal was launched and so, along with Amanda Skull and Gerald Pawsey, I helped to supported the appeal attending cheque presentations and community events when possible and to say thank you to our amazing community.
Since then you have attended many community events. You must have many memories.
I have. The community are just amazing and I have always been so proud to represent both the charity and the Trust. People work hard to fundraise for their local hospital and the charity team pride themselves on their personal touch and the importance of saying thank you. This has always been the ethos of My WiSH Charity and one I’ve been proud to be part of.
Do you have any favourites?
I loved It’s a Bury Knockout. Especially the last one in 2017 when we got to see our chief executive, Steve Dunn, take on the challenge. Inflatables and bubbles made a real change from the boardroom!
Any you haven’t enjoyed quite so much?
Being a marshal on a cold, damp roundabout for the West Suffolk Spin wasn’t my favourite hour but seeing the fantastic cyclists go past and finding out the total raised more than made up for it!
You even fundraised yourself!
I did! In 2018 I decided I wanted to take on a personal challenge. I hadn’t managed to complete the Moonwalk a few years previously, so really wanted to prove to myself I could do it. Mind you, the Cotswold Challenge was more than 26 miles, it was 60 miles! We walked over two days and it was a fantastic experience. I wanted to help raise money for the charity’s Every Heart Matters appeal which needed to raise £500,000 to build a cardiac diagnostic unit and managed to raise almost £5000 so I was really pleased.
Well I am thrilled to have been asked to be a My WiSH Charity Ambassador.
Being an ambassador to the charity means I can continue to support the team and to help them get through the pandemic. I can help them to continue to engage with our community, establish what the priorities are and to help them continue to move forward and enhance care at both the current hospital and the proposed new one.
Thank you, Jan, it’s been a pleasure to have you on our team and we look forward to working with you in the future.