Kind donations make new heart machine a reality

KIND DONATION: Rose Sandford with her son David.
KIND DONATION: Rose Sandford with her son David.

Patients visiting Long Melford surgery will soon be able to have their heart closely monitored thanks to the fundraising of a villager.

Rose Sandford, who lives in Southgate Street, set about raising money for a portable heart machine following the death of her husband, Alan, earlier this year. Mr Sandford, 71, was plagued by heart problems up until his death.

“I just wanted to do something to try to help out,” said Mrs Sandford.

The 64-year-old made a collection for the ECG machine fund after her husband’s funeral in February and organised a coffee morning, which raised £540 last month.

Further donations have helped Mrs Sandford hit her fundraising target of £2,126.

“I have done my bit and want to thank everyone who supported me,” said Mrs Sandford.

“I can’t believe we did it when money is so tight – some of the donations were absolutely breathtaking.”