A fund-raising appeal to buy a crucial piece of equipment for breast cancer patients at West Suffolk Hospital has got off to a fantastic start.
My WiSH Charity, which supports the hospital, joined forces with the Bury Free Press earlier this month to launch the ‘Love Your Nodes’ campaign to raise £25,000 for a Sentimag machine to help with the removal of lymph nodes.
Just four weeks into the appeal, the total raised already stands at more than £5,000 while a member of the hospital’s breast care team, Carol Watson, is taking part in the 100-mile Prudential RideLondon on Sunday.
Carol, 53, PA to the Breast Care Unit, said: “I’ve worked in the department for 22 years and when the Nodes campaign was started by the My WiSH Charity, I thought it was an ideal thing to fund-raise for.
“I wanted to raise some money for something that was close to me and I see every day what a huge difference the Sentimag would make for patients.
“I’ve slowly been building my distances up and I took part in the West Suffolk Spin cycle ride and enjoyed that.”
The campaign was also boosted by a generous donation of £1,500 within weeks of it being launched in the Bury Free Press.
It came courtesy of Barton Place Farm in Great Barton with the owners wanting to support a local charity.
Ellie Hay, rural business manager, said: “My mother Debbie had breast cancer in 2008 and had to have all her lymph nodes removed on her right side.
“We also lost Sally Bennett, who worked on the farm, to cancer. It has become something very close to our hearts.
“We have supported a cancer charity every year since. It is great to be able to support a local charity and something to help cancer patients at our hospital.”
Meanwhile, staff and customers at Sainsbury’s in Mildenhall have chosen the campaign as their charity of the year.
Every year up to 250 people have breast cancer operations at West Suffolk Hospital.
The Sentimag will give surgeons a greater idea of what lymph nodes to remove to ensure the cancer has not spread further.
Sue Smith, fundraising manager for My WiSH Charity, said: “We are delighted with the support the Love Your Nodes campaign has had in its first month.
“Every penny raised or donated will make a real difference to cancer patients at West Suffolk Hospital.”
Carol can be sponsored via her Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Carol-Watson3
Anyone interested in supporting the campaign, should contact the fund-raising team on 01284 712952 or email email@example.com.
To donate, please visit www.justgiving.com/loveyournodes or you can text to donate by texting NODE16 £3 or the amount you wish to give to 70070.