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Couple’s charity ball thanks West Suffolk Hospital’s Neonatal Unit

Paul, Thomas and Jo Rayner with the cheque for their 2013 Blackthorpe Ball ENGANL00520130209115608
Paul, Thomas and Jo Rayner with the cheque for their 2013 Blackthorpe Ball ENGANL00520130209115608

A couple have organised a ball to raise money as a thank you to West Suffolk Hospital’s Neonatal Unit.

Jo and Paul Rayner, from Bury St edmunds, are seeking sponsorship from local businesses to boost proceeds from their St Edmunds Ball at Ashlar House, Bury, on July 4.

Jo said: “The reason for this is that out son Thomas was born seven weeks prematurely and received such amazing care from the team at West Suffolk that this is our way of giving a little something back.”

It is not the first time they have giving something back to the hospital. In 2013 their Blackthorpe Ball raised £10,000 towards a bereavement suite at the hospital’s maternity unit and last year Paul completed a national Three Peaks Challenge in aid of the Neonatal Unit.

The St Edmunds Ball, at the new Bury Freemason’s lodge, will start with a drinks reception, followed by a four-course dinner with a live band, raffle and auction at £50 per person. Tables for 10 are available.

Jo said: “I would really like to encourage people to come along and support the ball, which in tunr will see vital funds directed to a very deserving hospital, who help so many.

“I was touched at the last event by just how many people had used the services of the neonatal unit, which really embedded the reasons why we do this.”

She would like to hear from any companies interested in sponsoring aspects of the ball to maximise its fund raising potential. She can be contacted at hello@joannarayner.co.uk or 07872 456836.

The 12-cot Neonatal Unit at West Suffolk Hospital provides care for sick and preterm babies from 30 weeks gestation onwards. Babies may be there for anything from a few hours to weeks.


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