Trek from Stowmarket to West Suffolk Hospital helps to boost the Every Heart Matters appeal

Walking from Stowmarket to the West Suffolk Hospital was the aim of volunteer police cadets in a bid to raise money for charity.

And so far they have amassed £2,400 from donations which will be going towards the My WiSH Every Heart Matters appeal and the MacMillan Unit at the West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds.

A total of 15 cadets and six police leaders walked the 15 miles and took up the challenge after PCSO David Harvey, one of the cadet leaders, suffered a heart attack in May following the loss of his father.

He was admitted to the hospital and treated by the cardiac unit and to recognise the vital role it played in treating him the cadets and leaders chose to raise the money.

And they decided to split it between the appeal and to the unit, which played an important part in recent bereavements connected with the families of cadets and leaders alike.

Acting Inspector Andrew Martin, the unit leader, said: “Dave

cannot speak highly enough of the staff at the cardiac unit the care he received from there was impeccable and Macmillan has supported all of us over the last 12 months. I know that PCSO David Harvey has been and continues to be overwhelmed by the support shown by the unit and public alike”.

The My WiSH Every Heart Matters Appeal is hoping to raise £500,000 to build a brand new heart unit at the West Suffolk Hospital.

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.

If you would like to get involved in any way log onto the website for further details

If you would like to donate to the Every Heart Matters Appeal you can do so by going to

Text EHMA17 £10 to 70070

And you can still donate through the team’s Just Giving page at

Pictured above are the cadets and their leaders at the end of their walk at the West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds.




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