Members of the Beck Row Thursday Club have boosted the funds of the My WiSH Charity’s Every Heart Matters appeal thanks to a tombola.
They raised £120 which will go towards the campaign to help raise £500,000 for a new cardiac diagnostic unit at the West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds.
Its vice chairman Margaret Leonard said the 50-plus members of the club, which meet once a month at the Methodist Church in the village, chose the appeal as it is essential to have the unit set up locally for local people.
She said: “My mother suffered from heart problems and so have some of our members and we thought it was a good idea to support the appeal as people currently have to travel to other hospitals for treatment.
“It means such a lot to have a local unit available as patients have to traipse further afield but if they have it closer to home it will be a lot better because of transport and travel.”
Sally Daniels, appeal manager, wanted to thank all the members of the Beck Row Thursday Club for their support.
She said: “We cannot thank the community enough for backing our appeal. The club’s donation really will make such a difference and help us to reach our target”.
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 with their cheque for the Every Heart Matters appeal are members of the Beck Row Thursday Club, left to right, Janet Black, Pat Gray, Jenny Darkins, Carol Crockett, Margaret Leonard, Alma Palmer and Maggie Walker.