West Suffolk Hospital said a big thank you to people who raised money for its charity in 2013, including Bury Free Press readers.
At a gathering of West Suffolk Hospital Charity supporters on Tuesday, hospital trust chairman Roger Quince said: “The sort of things you’ve been doing are absolutely crucial to maintaining a high standard of care and facilities.”
The charity’s fund raising manager Dave Gooderham said: “Whether it was sky-diving or scaling mountains, pounding the streets of the capital or getting in the saddle, every single penny you have raised has made a massive difference to our patients.
“Thanks to your fundraising, we have been able to buy electric recliner chairs for our cancer patients, a warming cabinet for our Neonatal Unit, new positioning aids for our babies to promote good developmental care and new furniture for an additional counselling session.
“A new birthing pool and vital bereavement suite are in the pipeline and, of course, a new state-of-the-art prostate cancer probe will be purchased after more than £60,000 was raised in the Bury Free Press Beat It appeal.”
He reminded anyone thinking of raising funds: “The unique way we operate our charitable trust means the community can tell us which area of the hospital they would like their fund raising to go towards – and we can guarantee that every single penny goes to that individual ward, piece of equipment or in memory of a loved one.”
Barry Peters, Bury Free Press’ editor, said: “Initially, we were thinking it might be a bit of a taboo subject. The good thing at the end of the appeal was, we had not just raised £60,000, but people had started talking about prostate cancer.
“People were saying ‘as a result of the appeal I got myself checked out’.”
Kay Trabucchi, a urology nurse practitioner who will use the probe, said: “We’re excited at the prospect of using this new technology.”
Paul and Jo Raynor explained why they organised a ball which raised £12,500 for the Neonatal Unit which saved their premature son.
Jo said: “If the nurses and consultants had just done their job description it would have been fine, but they just went above and beyond that. The care was brilliant.”