Civic functions help to raise money for the Butterfly Appeal

A series of civic functions have helped to raise funds for a hospital appeal which is targeted at end of life care.

It’s come from money raised by Brian Harvey, the outgoing chairman of Forest Heath District Council, following a number of events he has hosted.

The council along with St Edmundsbury Borough Council has now merged to form the West Suffolk Council making Mr Harvey the last chairman for Forest Heath.

And a total of £1,000 has been handed over to the My WiSH Charity, which supports the West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds, with the money targeted towards its Butterfly Appeal.

It included cash donated from a civic church service at Brandon, the Christmas Carol Service, at Barton Mills, tea and cakes at Barton Mills Village Hall and the Annual Chairman’s Dinner, held at Bedford Lodge, in Newmarket.

The hospital treats and cares for the largest proportion of palliative care patients in the area and the appeal is aimed at making patients’ final days as meaningful and as comfortable as possible along with their relatives, friends, loved ones and carers.

Comfort packs are provided to patients when they are admitted to hospital and several day beds have also been purchased but the aim is to provide more.

Sue Smith, head of fundraising, said: “These chair/beds are an invaluable addition to the hospital. They allow relatives to stay with their loved ones but also get some much-needed sleep whilst never leaving their side. We also pay for training so that nurses can learn how to administer pain medicine without the need to wait for a doctor. This is a vital addition to the service as, when the hospital is so busy, it can be hard to get the pain relief to the patient as quickly as staff would like.

“By people like Brian supporting the Butterfly fund it will help make those last moments a little easier and help to support patients and their loved ones at a difficult time”.

Mr Harvey, who lives in Worlington, said during his year of office he held a number of functions to raise the money and also donated his personal allowance.

He said: “Over the years I, along with other people, have helped to raise money for My WiSH along with the Lions and different masonic chairmen. And I was happy to know that the money will go towards the Butterfly Appeal as we have had several residents and friends that have used the hospital and it’s a very worthwhile charity which I am happy to support.”

Pictured above Brian Harvey hands over a cheque for £1,000 to Sue Smith, fundraising manager for the My WiSH Charity.

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