Heart machine fund nears its £2k target

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Efforts to raise money for a new heart monitor in Long Melford are edging closer to reality.

Rose Sandford, from Southgate Street, has been striving to raise funds for a portable ECG machine for Long Melford Practice since her husband, Alan, died in February.

Mr Sandford, who had lived in Long Melford all his life, had suffered with a variety of heart related problems before his death at the age of 71.

Last weekend, Mrs Sandford held a coffee morning at the United Reformed Church and raised £540.

“I have to give thanks to everyone who came along and donated – we raised a magnificent total,” said the 64-year-old.

“People just kept saying what an excellent cause it was.”

Mrs Sandford said she believed the new heart machine was necessary as her husband, who had to undergo a triple bypass operation, regularly needed to make trips to West Suffolk Hospital to get his heart monitored.

She said an ECG machine at the village surgery would be much more convenient for patients and take some of the stress out of heart-related visits.

“I think Alan would be gobsmacked with the amount raised,” said Mrs Sandford, who revealed that £1,135 had been raised for the fund through donations after her husband’s funeral.

“We are about £440 short of the total needed as the machine costs £2,116, but we will get there.”