West Suffolk: Musician Cody Pennington raises £950 for dementia camapign

Forget-Me-Not Dementia Campaign

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An American singer-songwriter has used his considerable musical talents to boost the coffers of the Forget-Me-Not Dementia Campaign.

The local community’s support for the appeal – which is being run by West Suffolk Hospital in conjunction with the East Anglian Daily Times and its sister Mercury titles – continues to grow, with the current total standing at nearly £19,000.

Musician Cody Pennington, an airman from RAF Lakenheath, added more than £850 to the total after organising and performing at a special charity music night at the Apex in Bury St Edmunds. So far this year, he has raised more than £950 for the campaign.

And his support will continue during the festive period after he pledged to donate a special lot for West Suffolk Hospital Charity’s Christmas Auction, which will run from December 4 to 14.

Up for grabs will be a chance to have Cody playing an acoustic set in the living room of the winning bidder, with all proceeds further boosting the campaign.

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Speaking after the charity night, Cody, who was supported by local musicians Dean Austin and Sleeve of Hearts, said: “I can’t explain how amazing the show was – it was worth the months of planning.

“It was great to have the opportunity to help West Suffolk Hospital Charity and the Forget-Me-Not Dementia Campaign in particular.” Dave Gooderham, fundraising manager at the hospital, said Cody’s generosity and commitment were typical of the support the campaign had received from all corners of the community.

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He added: “The charity concert at the Apex was a fantastic show and raised an amazing amount of money.

“We are also delighted to have Cody’s continued support through his very special auction item.”

The auction – which will offer unique experiences and memorabilia in time for Christmas – will be run on the charity’s new eBay shop with anyone donating an item able to choose which area of the hospital they support.

It follows on from last year’s inaugural auction which raised £5,600 for the hospital.

Anyone who would like to know more about the auction, or how they can donate an item, should contact the hospital fundraising team on 01284 712952 or fundraising@wsh.nhs.uk.

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