Row after West Suffolk Hospital bosses decide to axe charity table

The scafold is taken off the main building at West Suffolk Hospital, Bury Sy Edmunds. ANL-140409-125601009
The scafold is taken off the main building at West Suffolk Hospital, Bury Sy Edmunds. ANL-140409-125601009

Volunteers helping raise funds for West Suffolk Hospital are angry that they have been told their charity table at the hospital entrance must go.

Hospital bosses have decided that the table operated by volunteers will no longer be run from the end of the month.

Over the years it has helped raise thousands of pounds for hospital equipment alongside funds raised by the Friends of West Suffolk charity shop.

Instead donated books, knitted items and other gifts will be sold through the shop, patient library or from the trolley service which visits the wards.

The hospital says it needs the space at the entrance for patient and public information.

Carol Maund from Barrow, who volunteers at the hospital, said: “Everyone is quite unhappy about it. The stall raises a lot of money and a lot of ladies help out on it.

“Patients and staff enjoy having a look and picking up bits and pieces. This smacks to me of change for change’s sake. People are really upset.

Another concerned supporter said: “it is said the stalls do not give the right image for the hospital but they are very popular with visitors, staff and patients and people who have heard about it cannot believe that this can happen when the hospital is so short of money.”

Another person contacted the Bury Free Press saying: “These ladies have given up their Tuesdays and Thursdays to run the stall so you can imagine how disappointed they are.”

A statement from the hospital said: “We are incredibly grateful for the support we receive from our dedicated volunteers and are now working with the volunteers who run the charity stall to find them alternative roles.” The hospital is also looking to extend its trolley service to wards.