Freemasons from the Magna Carta Lodge, in Bury St Edmunds, have helped to raise money for an equipment trolley for the critical care unit at the West Suffolk Hospital.
It came after they held their end of year ladies’ night with the wife of the master of the lodge choosing which charity she wanted the money donated to.
And Jane Gwatkin, who with her husband Jamie runs the Jamie Gwatkin Consultancy, a rural business consultancy from their home in Bradfield Combust, chose the My WiSH Charity, which supports the hospital.
A total of £800 was raised from raffles held by the lodge which meets at Ashlar House, in Eastern Way, Bury St Edmunds, for the trolley which contains critical care medical equipment so that when a patient comes into hospital or is on another ward that needs the care the doctors can take the trolley and perform all that is needed off the ward. Prior to this they had a bag that couldn’t contain all the equipment and was very heavy and unorganised making it difficult to find things along with trips back and forth to the unit.
Now that is a thing of the past thanks to the mason’s fundraising.
Jane explained that she wanted to raise the money for a local charity and was “passionate’ about the hospital.
“It’s really nice to be able to donate the money to a local charity and to have something that you can physically see on the ward and I am passionate about the hospital. The staff on the critical care unit are an amazing bunch of people and when we visited them we were blown away by what they do.”
Irene Serrant, who works on the unit, said the trolley would prove “invaluable” to staff.
She said: “It is an equipped treatment trolley to take off the unit in order to stabilise critically ill patients outside of CCS (Critical Care Services) prior to admission to the unit. This equipment would prove invaluable in bringing timely critical care treatment to patients wherever they may be in the hospital.”
Pictured above are Ian Frost, medical clinical lead; Jane and Jamie Gwatkin; and Debra Baker, ward manager.