Agricultural club raises £1,000 for the My WiSH Charity’s Every Heart Matters appeal from a race night

A race night held at Cockfield Village Hall by members of the Stanningfield and District Agricultural Club has raised £1,000 for the My WiSH Charity’s Every Heart Matters appeal.

The event was organised by club members Terry Gardiner and his partner Jane Debenham.

With 70 current members of the club the fundraising event, which included a fish and chip supper, was hailed a huge success by chairman Marianne Simpson.

She said that Mr Gardiner is currently having to attend the West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds, three times a week to have dialysis and he suggested the race night to raise money for the appeal.

“My mother had a hole in the heart when she was 60-plus and we have had members who have had stents and it’s important to have this cardiac unit for local people as you never know when someone might need it.

“The race night was a great success and we had many people attend it.”

The appeal is aiming to raise £500,000 to help fund the building of a brand new cardiac diagnostic 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 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.

If you want to support the Every Heart Matters appeal go to the website and if you would like to donate to the appeal you can do so by going to or text EHMA17 £10 to 70070.

Pictured above, left to right, with their cheque for £1,000 for the Every Heart Matters appeal are Stanningfield and District Agricultural Club members, Anthony Holliday, secretary Liz Squirrell, Ainoul Therin, David Simpson, Terry Gardiner, chairman Marianne Simpson, John Mitchell, Sid Broughton, Polly Lilley, John Chaplin and treasurer Keith Cook. Photo: SALLY DANIELS

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