Bury St Edmunds club’s support of heart charity

Howard Estate resident Sheila Welham, an avid fund-raiser, said she'd donate ?1 to the charity for everyone who wore red. Members also made donations, taking the total to just over ?100''Pictured: Sheila with some of the over 60's club members ANL-151002-160520009
Howard Estate resident Sheila Welham, an avid fund-raiser, said she'd donate ?1 to the charity for everyone who wore red. Members also made donations, taking the total to just over ?100''Pictured: Sheila with some of the over 60's club members ANL-151002-160520009
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A woman, whose son survived a heart attack two years ago, has enlisted the support of the over-60s in helping a charity close to her heart.

Sheila Welham is an enthusiastic fund-raiser who is well known on Bury St Edmunds’ Howard Estate for helping others in her community.

She used to host Sunday lunches for elderly people who were on their own and began fund-raising when grateful participants asked if she could start a collection pot.

The 71-year-old, who added the British Heart Foundation to her ‘list of charities’ after her son, Darren, suffered a heart attack around two years ago, decided to do her bit for the charity’s National Wear Red Day last week.

She told members of the estate’s Over-60s Club that she would donate £1 for everyone who wore red to their next get together – and so out came dozens of red handkerchiefs, ties, scarves and jumpers.

Mrs Welham said: “There were two people who totally forgot but everybody else turned up with something red. One man was even sent home by his wife because he turned up without anything.

“I was touched to be honest and I understand that they were also touched.”

Sixty members took part in the event and individual donations helped push the total amount raised to £103 - with £60 coming from Mrs Welham, as promised.

“One lady gave me £10, somebody else gave me £5, others gave me £2 and it just got a little bit more and a little bit more - everybody made an effort,” said Mrs Welham, surprised by the total.

She will be hosting a coffee and cake fund-raiser later this year.