Sudbury fundraiser's charity bingo sessions raise £2,000 to help West Suffolk Hospital fund new cardiac diagnostic unit
A charity organiser from Sudbury has hailed a monthly event as a success, after helping to raise vital funds for a new heart condition unit.
Tracy Tatum, of Second Avenue, has raised £2,000 from monthly bingo sessions for the Every Heart Matters appeal, which was set up to fund a cardiac diagnostic unit at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds.
Having lost her brother, Ian, to a heart attack, six years ago, Mrs Tatum was keen to raise the necessary funds for the new unit, which has been created alongside a £5.2 million cardiac suite to provide patients with additional facilities.
“It’s good to have a local cardiac unit at the hospital, so people don’t have to travel further afield,” she said. “It will be a real asset.”
The monthly events, which take place at Wells Hall Old School in Great Cornard, are run by Mrs Tatum with the help of family and friends.
Campaign manager Sally Daniels praised the group’s efforts.
“Tracy and her family and friends are putting on such a great event for the community,” she said.
“They have not only raised an incredible amount of money, but have given people the opportunity to get together and enjoy a sociable evening, rather than being at home on their own.”
After being diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago, Mrs Tatum has now recovered from the disease.
“It’s been awful,” said the 54-year-old. “I can’t describe how it’s been, but now I’ve had the all-clear, it feels like I have my life back on track.”
Mrs Tatum was inspired to host various fundraising events following the diagnosis, having lost both her father and sister to the disease.
She has since raised a further £3,000, which is to be split between other projects run by the My Wish Charity at West Suffolk Hospital.