Members of the Great Waldingfield WI have helped to boost the funds of the My WiSH Charity’s Every Heart Matters appeal by raising £500.
It’s come from a series of events including a cake stall on the market in Sudbury which realised £200 and a Soup and Natter event which was attended by other local WI’s.
The appeal is aiming to raise £500,000 for a new cardiac unit at the West Sufolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds, and Mary Jackson, the president of the Great Waldingfield WI which celebrates its 100thanniversary in June, said the campaign is one which is close to her heart.
For the 83-year-old, who lives in the village in Bowling Green, has had a history of heart problems which has led to her having five stents inserted following procedures at Papworth Hospital.
She said: “I suggested we raise the money for the appeal as I had a heart attack last year.”
It followed two stents being fitted 11 years ago when she was suffering from angina then, on New Year’s Eve last year, she suffered pains in her chest which resulted in another stent being fitted in January after initially being treated at the West Suffolk Hospital.
The heart attack struck in August which led to another trip to Papworth and two more stents being inserted.
“The staff at the hospital in Bury have been wonderful to me and they will do anything to help me. They are just brilliant and it’s crucial to have this new unit at the West Suffolk to save people having to carry out longer journeys,” she said.
Sally Daniels, appeal manager said: “It was a pleasure to come along and meet these wonderful ladies. The community have been just incredible and the WI in particular have been so supportive of, not only our Every Heart Matters appeal, but also of the charity as a whole”.
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 websitewww.mywishcharity.co.uk and 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 are members of the Great Waldingfield WI handing over a cheque for £500 to Sally Daniels, right, campaign manager for the My WiSH charity, with Mary Jackson, left.