My WiSH Charity’s Every Heart Matters Appeal has hit the £100,000 mark after being launched just over a month ago.
The money for the campaign has come from a hugely generous legacy thanks to a donor and, with other funds already mounting, the appeal now stands at £108,000.
Sue Smith, the fundraising manager for My WiSH Charity, said the huge legacy was “absolutely wonderful news” coming just after the appeal was launched at the West Suffolk Hospital by Newmarket jockey Frankie Dettori, in July.
The appeal aims to raise £500,000 to build a brand new cardiac centre at the hospital, in Bury St Edmunds.
The West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is investing £5.2m in developing a state of the art cardiac suite that will provide quicker access to more treatments, but the £500,000 My WiSH is hoping to raise will lead to the whole unit, which is currently fragmented on different floors, being brought together in one purpose-built centre.
Sue said: “Legacies are such a special way for our community to support their local hospital charity, and we are so grateful to this donor for thinking of us in their will.
“Due to this generosity, we are now a fifth of the way towards our eventual target. We can’t thank our community enough for remembering us in their wills, and helping us to continue enhancing our patient’s care. It really does make all the difference.”
Recently at West Suffolk Hospital, legacies have also enabled the purchase of a group of new style hoists, which makes moving patients easier and safer for both patients and staff, a specialist chair which is able to pick patients up off the floor, a bladder scanner and a portable chest drainage system.
If you would like to get involved in the Every Heart Matters appeal, or learn more about how to leave a legacy to your local hospital, log onto the website for further details: www.mywishcharity.co.uk or call 01284 712952.
If you would like to donate to the Every Heart Matters Appeal you can do so by going to Justgiving.com/ehma or text EHMA17 £10 to 70070
Pictured above are members of staff at the West Suffolk Hospital at the launch of the appeal with Frankie Dettori.