Tea party helps to raise funds for hospital charity

Pictured is Heather Damsell (centre) with a cheque for £1,000 for My WiSH along with family and friends including Susan Adams, Brian Roy, Jenny Darkens, Ken Palmer and Peter Empson. Photo: My WiSH.

A party for family and friends of super fundraiser Heather Damsell has resulted in £1,000 being raised for a hospital charity.

She invited 38 people to the Beck Row Methodist Hall for the event as part of the NHS Big Tea and described it as a “lovely” evening.

Heather, who lives in Barton Mills, has over the years raised a total of £2,825 for the My WiSH Charity which supports the work of the West Suffolk Hospital, Newmarket Hospital and community services in Suffolk.

Back in 2015 and 2016 she raised £1,200 for the Macmillan Unit at the hospital in Bury St Edmunds and a further £625 for the Every Heart Matters cardiac appeal in 2018.

And her latest effort has boosted her fundraising to near the £3,000 mark.

Music for the tea party was provided by Brian Roy and she was further helped to organise the event by her sisters Susan Adams and Jenny Darkens along with Ken Palmer and Peter Empson.

Food was provided in lunch boxes to keep it all Covid safe and everyone had a wonderful time.

Heather said the money was raised from a raffle and games and she said those who attended the tea party held on Saturday, July 31, were “very generous” and thanked them for their support.

The 74-year-old said: “We just got together and had a great time doing it and we enjoyed every minute of it. We love to fundraise for the hospital and every little bit helps.”

Sally Daniels, fundraising manager for My WiSH, said: “It was wonderful to meet Heather and her friends and family. It sounded like a fantastic night and we are so pleased that their first get-together raised such an incredible amount for us. This donation will really help us to continue enhancing care across West Suffolk.”

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