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Sudbury New Hope Club donates last funds to provide specialist wheelchair for stroke patients

By Priya Kingsley-Adam

Staff from West Suffolk Hospital with patients after receiving a new wheelchair funded by a donation. (7096918)
Staff from West Suffolk Hospital with patients after receiving a new wheelchair funded by a donation. (7096918)

A defunct support group in Sudbury has donated the last of its funds to a hospital, which has provided a specialist wheelchair for stroke patients.

The Sudbury New Hope Club was set up to offer support and friendship to patients at a former hospital, but closed in 2017.

The former group has donated £1,100 to the My WiSH charity at West Suffolk Hospital, which receives donations and promotes fundraising in the community, to provide further support to the NHS trust in Bury St Edmunds.

The money has funded a specialist wheelchair for the stroke unit at the hospital.

The Sudbury New Hope Club was set up in 1984 by occupational therapy staff at the former Walnuttree Hospital.

Members paid an annual subscription fee of £5, together with donations and monthly fundraisers, which helped to keep the club afloat, while also funding various group activities and outings.

Former secretary Joan Gilbertson highlighted the benefits of the group, which was valued by its members.

“We saw the need for the club all those years ago, as your life changes dramatically following a stroke and your whole family is affected,” she said.

“We had wonderful support over the years, but, when we closed, we said that we would give our money to the My WiSH to support stroke patients being cared for at the hospital.

“We wanted the best for the unit as they are such a wonderful group of people.

“I am very sad that the club has closed but we have passed on our funds to the hospital.”


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