A FUND-RAISING campaign in memory of a mother, who died tragically after catching swine flu, has received a boost from the Bury Free Press Helping Hand scheme.
Barry and Jane Waterman were handed a £500 cheque towards their effort to buy a motion bed for West Suffolk Hospital’s intensive care unit, which treated their daughter Sarah Applin, who died in January, aged 32.
The mother-of-three, of Thurston, had developed complications with pneumonia while being treated for swine flu and died just weeks after her son was delivered by caesarean section.
For months, her friends and family have organised an array of charity events to reach their £25,000 target for the bed.
Already they have managed to amass more than £17,000, which includes about £8,000 from a music and dance event at Sarah’s parents’ pub, the White Horse, in Beyton, this month.
The couple said they were thrilled to receive the unexpected bonus from St Edmund’s Wheel, which donates money to good causes as part of A Helping Hand.
Mr Waterman said: “It’s a wonderful contribution and a great boost to our ambition.
“Through the event at the pub we doubled our money, and this is a big help.
“We’re aiming to get it all by Christmas. The bed would be a huge help to the hospital as they’ve only got one and it’s particularly for people with respiratory problems.”
Ian Turner, a trustee of St Edmund’s Wheel, added: “It enables people to benefit in the long term and having another bed could prevent future tragedies. We give money to local concerns to help the local community in any way, shape or form.”
n Mr Turner added that anyone who took part in the St Edmund’s Wheel ride in June should send in their sponsorship money by August 31.