Choir and Project Seven help to boost the funds of the Every Heart Matters appeal

Members of the Dayspring Community Choir hand over £500 to Sue Smith, the campaign manager for the M

Members of the Dayspring Community Choir hand over £500 to Sue Smith, the campaign manager for the My WiSH Charity. - Credit: Archant

A choir and organisers of a huge firework display have boosted the funds of the Every Heart Matters appeal by nearly £1,000.

Every Heart Matters logo

Every Heart Matters logo - Credit: Archant

A total of £500 has come from the Bury St Edmunds-based Dayspring Community Choir and a further £450 from Project Seven, which organises the Big Night Out at Long Melford.

The money was raised by the choir from a series of initiatives including concerts, CDs and subscriptions.

With a membership of 80 and 50 regulars attending rehearsals at the Moreton Hall Church every Monday evening they nominated the appeal, which is being run by the My WiSH Charity which supports the West Suffolk Hospital, and is aimed at raising £500,000 to create a new cardiac unit at the hospital.

Musical director Barry Hart said the money was collected over the past year from some of their concerts, the sales of “A Season of Singing” and “Bring Me Sunshine” CDs, as well as from subscriptions.

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Mr Hart said: “We ask our members to give us a shortlist of the charity that they would like to support and we chose the Every Heart Matters appeal.”

The £450 from Project Seven came after it gave away a total of £17,800 to charities and organisations.

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It raises money during the year from barbecues, tea, coffee, refreshments, cabaret and event management with the main event being the Big Night out in November, each year, in Melford Hall Park. It also provides logistical support to other organisations.

Andrew Hagger, its president and organiser of the Big Night Out, handed over the money during a presentation evening held at the Royal British Legion Social Club, in Long Melford, to Sally Daniels, campaign manager for the My WiSH Charity which also received £1,000 for the Macmillan Unit and £100 for the stroke unit.

Sally said: “Project Seven are an amazing group. They have worked tirelessly for over 30 years fundraising and supporting local charities and we can’t thank them enough for donating to help us continue enhancing care at West Suffolk Hospital”.

If you want to support the appeal go to the website

If you would like to donate to the appeal you can do so by going to or text EHMA17 £10 to 70070.

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