Community spirit set to make Beat It! a winner
West Suffolk Hospital’s fund-raising boss has backed the Beat It! Appeal, saying it will be ‘hard work - but lots of fun along the way’.
Jan Bloomfield, executive director responsible for fund-raising, said events like this summer’s It’s a Bury Knockout show that charity work should be about enjoyment.
“In the economic environment we’ve got it can be a bit tough, but the important thing is that people have fun.
“It’s not just about standing in the street with collection boxes, it’s about having a go at something, setting up an event, and raising money,” she says.
Bury St Edmunds’ community clearly shares that outlook, with groups beginning to tap in to the Beat It! spirit and offer their support.
In the last week alone, Southgate Church, Woolpit Drama Club and Barrow Bowls Club have all committed to our efforts to raise £55,000.
This is something that is sure to continue, according to Mrs Bloomfield.
“People get a lot satisfaction from putting something back in and we are giving people that opportunity.
“The hospital is a big part of Bury - we employ 2,600 people who all live in the area and it’s very much a community hospital,” she said.
Despite that community appeal, the last campaign the hospital ran was almost 15 years ago.
The Beat It! Appeal is a chance to reconnect with the public, and also to raise awareness about men’s health issues, which have taken a back seat in recent years, according to Mrs Bloomfield.
“There’s been so much profile on women’s health - which the hospital is fully behind - but I think that people are really pleased that we are dealing with something related to men.
“If we can encourage men to come forwards and get checked out, that will be a great achievement,” she said.
To donate money to the Bury Free Press Beat It! Appeal - which is aiming to raise £55,000 for aprostate cancer scope for West Suffolk Hospital - go to www.justgiving.com/BFP-Beat-It
Alternatively, text Beat59 followed by a space and your donation amount (e.g Beat59 £5) to 70070.
You can also hand in donations at our office in Kings Road, Bury, payable to Bury Free Press Charity Appeal.
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