The funds from a Christmas Market held at home furniture and kitchen store Neptune has raised an amazing £3,200 for the My WiSH Charity, which supports the West Suffolk Hospital.
And the money has been directed towards the WiSH Upon A Star fund to help enhance care for children across the hospital trust with an Accuvein being purchased for the childrens’ outpatients department.
The clever device shines an infrared light on the patient showing their veins which makes it easier to take blood or cannulate young patients.
The money came from a raffle organised at the market held at the store in St Andrew’s Street South, Bury St Edmunds, last November, with Neptune owners Martin and Jane King donating the profits from the event towards the charity.
A host of local retailers were invited to attend the event including Stella & Dot, Striped Apron Bakery, Gourmet Goods, Button Love, Cluck Cluck, Kim Whittingham, Bohm & Bee, Just Our Sail, Javelin, Cocoa Delicious, Neals Yard, Flowers by Alexandra Grace, Nicola Sexton, Percy and Dottie, La Boutique and Rising High Balloons.
And all were tasked with providing a raffle prize which featured a host of wonderful gifts including vouchers and valuable hampers which helped to boost the funds raised.
Up to 400 people attended the event and a similar one is also being planned by Neptune to take place later this year on Thursday, November 15.
Emma Adams, the company’s accounts assistant, said they were delighted with the market and that she hand picked the businesses who took part.
“It was a really fantastic event and we were delighted to have raised the money.
“It ran from 6pm to 9pm but we are aiming to run it for a longer period of time this year from 3pm to 9pm and hope to sell more raffle tickets.
“We wanted to raise money for a childrens’ charity and after speaking to My WiSH Charityit seemed the perfect fit. They told us what they needed to purchase and what a difference it would make to children when they take their blood.
“Neptune just wanted to give something to help the children at the hospital.”
Dr Noone, consultant paediatrician, said “We can’t thank Neptune enough. This machine is something we have wanted for such a long time and the difference it will make to us is just incredible. Thank you to everyone who donated.”
Pictured above are, left to right, Dr Martina Noone, consultant paediatrician; Emma Adams, who works in the accounts department at Nepture; and Martin King, Neptune’s managing director.