Fabulous fundraisers in Great Cornard have been boosting the coffers of the My WiSH Charity for the past six years.
They raise money from their monthly bingo sessions at the village’s Stevenson Centre and the latest amount of £2,000 has resulted in an amazing total of £11,741.20 handed over to the hospital charity.
Husband-and-wife team Anthony and Tracy Tatum run the sessions but it’s a huge family affair as they are helped by their son and daughter-in-law Daniel and Tiff Tatum, and daughter and son-in-law Joe and Samantha Neill. Added to that they are supported by their treasurer Marilyn Gooby and Angela Talbot and cake maker Sue Tyler.
They had to stop organising the sessions during the Covid-19 pandemic but got back into the swing of things last year.
The money is raised from the sessions along with tea and cakes adding to the funds.
Tracy, 57, said she started off the fundraising after being treated at the West Suffolk Hospital for breast cancer.
“I was in the back of a taxi with my family and we came up with the idea of running the bingo sessions for the charity,” she said.
It started off with just a handful of people turning up at the Snooker Club, in Sudbury, before they moved to the rugby club in Cornard, then onto Old Wells School before settling down at the Stevenson Centre, with upwards of 40 people attending each session, with some coming from as far away as Colchester.
It’s a real community evening with a raffle, people have snacks, drinks, cakes … and then get down to playing bingo.
Tracy said: “Everybody looks forward to it every month and the amount of people that come up to us and ask us when the next one is taking place is amazing.”
Sally Daniels, fundraising manager for My WiSH, said: “Over the years the bingo events have raised money for the cancer unit, our Every Heart Matters Cardiac Appeal, our Butterfly Appeal and the breast unit so they really have made a difference to a lot of people. It takes a lot of work to put on the events each month and we really are so grateful to Tracy and her family and friends. It was a pleasure to come along and meet them all.”
And Tracy and her team are now planning a Christmas Fair to be held at the centre on Saturday, November 26, between 10am and 2pm.
To keep up to date with their activities to the their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/My-Wish-Charity-Bingo-108036601605394