Party and walk helps to boost the Every Heart Matters appeal for the West Suffolk Hospital

Pupila and staff at King Edward VI School hand over a cheque for £750 to Sue Smith, fundraising mana

Pupila and staff at King Edward VI School hand over a cheque for £750 to Sue Smith, fundraising manager for the My WiSH charity. - Credit: Archant

A Christmas party and a charity walk have helped to boost the My Wish Charity’s Every Heart Matters appeal by over £1,000.

SK Clinic & Spa staff Milena Pulsa and Alicia Stearn with their cheque for the Every Heart Matters

SK Clinic & Spa staff Milena Pulsa and Alicia Stearn with their cheque for the Every Heart Matters appeal. - Credit: Archant

The annual Christmas party held at SK Clinic & Spa, in Bury St Edmunds, at the clinic in Northgate Street, was attended by over 100 people.

And following a raffle and donations a total of £292.50 was collected for the appeal.

Manager Caroline Botterall said: “We have an annual Christmas party and we also had canapes and fizz along with mini treatments and we intend to have a similar event in the summer.

“The appeal is important especially if you have to travel as its so much more beneficial to be able to stay close to your home and family when being treated.”

WSH Every Heart Matters campaign logo

WSH Every Heart Matters campaign logo - Credit: Archant

And money raised from a charity walk from Melford Hall, in Long Melford, to Nowton Park, on the outskirts of Bury, has been handed over to the charity’s fundraising manager Sue Smith.

It’s come following the walk earlier this year by 28 pupils from the King Edward VI School, in Bury St Edmunds, with the total of £750 exceeding the expected total by over £200.

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Youngsters from the school’s Melford College, aged 11 to 16, trekked the 14 miles and it was the first event of a number of initiatives being organised at the school in a bid to help raise £500,000 to complete a brand new cardiac centre at the town’s West Suffolk Hospital.

The West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is investing £5.2m in developing a state of the art cardiac suite that will provide quicker access to more treatments, but the £500,000 My WiSH Charity is hoping to raise will lead to the whole unit, which is currently fragmented on different floors, being brought together in one purpose-built centre.

Rebecca Taylor, the head of Melford College, said: “Each year the college has a charity which it supports and we decided on the Every Heart Matters appeal. All the students completed the walk from start to finish ... even the 11-year-olds.

“We are really pleased with the amount of money we raised and it was also made up of £50 from the school’s Chocolate Christmas Delivery Service we operate where students pay £1.50 each to send off gifts to other students.”

If you would like to donate to the Every Heart Matters Appeal you can do so by going to Justgiving.com/ehma or text EHMA17 £10 to 70070.

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