Bury St Edmunds business launches year-long fund-raising campaign in aid of children’s ward

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Staff at a Bury St Edmunds business are encouraging the community to ‘walk to the end of the world’ to help buy heart scanners for children.

Frames Conservatories Direct (FCD) has chosen to support the Rainbow Ward at West Suffolk Hospital for its 2015 fund-raising campaign.

The company is aiming to raise £12,000 to buy four portable cardiac scanners for the unit and has chosen two very different fund-raising events to kick-start its ‘FCD West Suffolk Rainbow Appeal’.

Staff, customers, friends and family are being invited to take part in a 2015 walking challenge where participants will be equipped with a pedometer to track the distance walked over a year and encouraged to raise money as they go.

On March 6, an FCD Rainbow Appeal Quiz Night will take place at Bury Rugby Club, with all proceeds going towards the appeal.

FCD managing director Adrian Lewis said: “I was keen that it should be a local cause to encourage staff and people in the Bury and surrounding areas to get involved.

“By being local it gives them the chance to see for themselves what their fund-raising efforts have achieved.

“The Rainbow Ward, in addition to giving the medical care you would expect, provides a wonderful environment for its young patients to get the treatment they need.”

Dawn Dorrington, ward manager, said: “We are delighted to have FCD supporting the Rainbow Ward in 2015 – we truly value their commitment and dedication to helping our youngest patients.

“They have some great fund-raising ideas and put their hearts and souls into organising the events so we are very lucky to have them on board.”

FCD supported the hospital previously by holding a treasure trail in 2013 to support the Bury Free Press Beat It prostate cancer scanner campaign.

A fund-raising ‘totaliser’ will be displayed in its showroom window on Barton Retail Park as a visual reminder of how fund-raising is going and as incentive to staff and other fund-raisers to do the best they can to raise as much as possible.

To book a place on the quiz, or to register for the walk, call 01284 700456 or email julie@fcd-home.co.uk