More than 75 people helped to mark Chinese New Year at Zen Noodle Bar, in Bury St Edmunds.
It was an event to remember for many … but particularly for Paul Bradley.
Organised by the Bury St Edmunds Lions Club it also featured a Dragon Dance with £1,000 being raised for the My WiSH Charity’s Every Heart Matters appeal, which is aiming to raise £500,000 for a new cardiac diagnostic unit at the West Suffolk Hospital.
Mr Bradley, who is a Lion and lives on the Nowton estate, in Bury St Edmunds, had heart treatment and it was his wish that he wanted the club to help raise money for the appeal.
Vice president Sheila Barnard said it was a “wonderful” evening enjoyed by all who attended with the food described as “excellent”.
A total of £800 was made from the meal with the additional £200 being made up from a raffle and auction.
She said: “The appeal is very important as heart problems are on the rise and local people need the assurance that there is a specialist unit to go to without having to go a long way out of town for treatment.”
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 the My WiSH Charity 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.
The Lions club is also recruiting for more members.
It meets every fourth Thursday in the month at 7.30pm at the Crown and Castle pub in the High Street, Risby.
If you want to support the appeal go to the website www.mywishcharity.co.uk
If you would like to donate to the appeal you can do so by going to Justgiving.com/ehma or text EHMA17 £10 to 70070.
Pictured above, left to right, are Jessica Briant, apprentice admin assistant; Lions members Paul Bradley, Patrick Chung, Keith Nuttall, vice president Sheila Barnard; Carla Wilkins, chief cardiac physiologist; and Giulia Micillo, locum physiologist.