Our UK Charity of the Year
Working with, and supporting, local charities is always going to be important to our people and our business. This year, we’ve chosen one charity to be the focus of our fundraising efforts, enabling us to really make the most of what we can give back to the community. We’re excited to share our plans for supporting MyWiSH – an important local organisation.
West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St. Edmunds is an award-winning centre, having been recently celebrated as one of the best hospitals in the country. Their patient care standards are a high priority, but their budgets are not limitless, and support is needed to maintain their excellent standards. Money raised by MyWiSH is used to significantly enhance the care and support given to patients, their families and the staff who care for everyone so well.
Daemmon: “I have seen the good work culturally that is taking place across the hospital. I have also been impressed with the number and variety of projects that My Wish supports and whilst I would not wish for anyone here to have to use the hospital, if we or our friends and family do so, our experiences can only be improved by the enhanced care which is available as a direct result of the ongoing fundraising that is taking place.”
MyWiSH has been running since 1995 and covers over 90 separate funds, with nearly every area, ward or clinic in the hospital receiving support through its own fund. Whilst many of the funds don’t receive lots of publicity, some of their more high-profile causes include: The Every Heart Matters Campaign, The Macmillan Unit, The Rainbow Ward, The Forget-Me-Not appeal for dementia care, The Neonatal Ward and The Breast Unit.
Every Heart Matters
Heart disease is the single biggest killer in the UK, and worldwide. On average one person dies every three minutes from the disease. My Wish is on a mission to transform and improve the care patients with heart conditions receive at West Suffolk Hospital with the launch of their biggest appeal yet with a fundraising target of £500,000 to build a new cardiac diagnostic unit. Renowned Newmarket jockey Frankie Dettori is the official Every Heart Matters ambassador.
Why Every Heart Matters?
There has been a significant increase in the hospital’s cardiology department and a proportion of patients with heart conditions in west Suffolk have to be treated elsewhere for a range of cardiac services that are currently not available. As a result, the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is investing £5.2m in developing a state of the art cardiac suite that will provide quicker access to more treatments for our local community and My Wish Charity’s Every Heart Matters appeal is to support the build of a new cardiac diagnostic unit alongside the cardiac suite to create a fully integrated cardiac centre. This new unit will enable diagnostic tests such as electrocardiograms (ECGs), echocardiograms, and stress tests to be carried out in an area which is dedicated entirely for cardiac patients.
How We’re Getting Involved
WW1 Art Trail
We launched our partnership with the My Wish team, working together on an Art Trail designed to commemorate the end of the First World War 100 years ago aimed at raising £500,000 to support the build of a new cardiac diagnostic unit which will run alongside the proposed new cardiac suite at West Suffolk Hospital, creating a fully integrated cardiac centre.
60 Minute Makeover
This June our team of Treatt DIY and decorating experts will take part in a 60 Minute Makeover of the West Suffolk Hospital’s Palliative Care Room in order to give it a new lease of life.
MyWiSH Dates For Your Diary
03/06/18 West Suffolk Spin - Family Cycle and Sportive Nowton Park, Bury St. Edmunds
01/09/18 Soap Box Challenge Mount Road, Bury St. Edmunds
15/07/18 Bury Dog Show, Nowton Park, Bury St. Edmunds
06/08/18 Charity Clay Shoot Eriswell Lodge, Brandon
On 11th March the Haverhill Running Festival took place, in which the Treatt IT Team took on the Haverhill, raising 137% of their target for MyWiSH. Joe Symmonds also took park in the Cambridge Half Marathon in aid of the British Lung Foundation.