£240,000 legacy left to hospital friends group

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A £240,000 legacy has been left to a hospital friends group to spend on improvements and new equipment.

The generous donation to the Friends of West Suffolk Hospital follows a similar legacy of £200,000 in 2011, which will fund a new integrated breast unit.

Bosses hope it will inspire more people to remember the Friends in their will and help make a difference to patients at the hospital.

Sarah Steele, Friends treasurer, said: “We’re delighted with this latest legacy and will now look in detail at the various projects which could benefit from this generous sum.

“As well as leaving legacies, there are lots of other ways in which people can support the Friends.

“We’re always looking for new members and donations for our charity stalls and would also be delighted to hear from anyone who is considering volunteering.”

The Friends group was formed in 1948 and has about 230 members.

As well as providing financial support, members volunteer in the shop, provide a trolley service on the wards and run charity stalls to raise further funds.

Jan Bloomfield, executive director of workforce and communications at the hospital, said: “The Friends work very hard on behalf of the hospital and we’re extremely grateful for the support they have given to us over the years.”

Membership of the Friends costs £5 a year. Anyone interested in joining should contact voluntary services on 01284 713206. For further information visit www.friendsofwsh.org.uk