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Butterfly Appeal needs your backing to reach target




A Bury St Edmunds hospital charity is relaunching its appeal to fund-raise for a new private area which aims to provide terminally ill patients with as much comfort as possible.

The Butterfly Appeal, launched last December by My WiSH Charity alongside the Bury Free Press, hopes to raise £340,000 to provide a garden with a glass-fronted building at West Suffolk Hospital where end of life patients can spend time with their loved ones as they prepare to say goodbye.

So far, £124,205 has been raised, but My Wish is making a fresh appeal to readers who might want to contribute.

The garden area would feature calming light, music, a water feature and more.	PICTURE: Mecha Morton.
The garden area would feature calming light, music, a water feature and more. PICTURE: Mecha Morton.

Sue Smith, head of fund-raising, said: “We would just like to say a huge thank you to everyone that has supported the appeal to date, people have been so generous and really have gone above and beyond to raise money.

“During these recent months the appeal has taken a back seat to more pressing demands, but sadly this is a time that see’s us really needing the new facility.

“We are nearly halfway to our target and we wouldn’t be where we are without the amazing support from our community, who, whilst in lockdown came up with some incredibly imaginative ways to raise these vital funds. Together we can do this, and I know that with the support of the wonderful population of West Suffolk we will get there.”

The appeal was launched last December.	PICTURE: Mecha Morton.
The appeal was launched last December. PICTURE: Mecha Morton.

There have been some stand out fund-raising efforts for the appeal so far this year.

Josh Wright, 26, of Moreton Hall, ran 13 half marathons in 13 days straight and topped it off with a full marathon, raising £1,535.

Charlotte Fuller, 30, of Stowmarket, did a skydive in August for the charity after her mother-in-law Leigh-Ondrea Bendall was diagnosed with terminal cancer around 18 months ago.

Originally, Leigh was given around six months to live, but has ‘defied the odds’ and is ‘looking really well’ according to staff.

Josh Wright ran 13 marathons in 13 days straight earlier this year.	PICTURE: Mecha Morton.
Josh Wright ran 13 marathons in 13 days straight earlier this year. PICTURE: Mecha Morton.

Charlotte said it was on her bucket list to do a skydive and that after the care Leigh had received at the hospital, My Wish seemed a natural choice.

“We really found that My Wish were going above and beyond and it was just my way of saying thank you,” she said.

Charlotte raised £515 for the charity and said Leigh was as enthusiastic as anyone about her doing the skydive.

Charlotte said her mother-in-law Leigh was there to watch her do the skydive.
Charlotte said her mother-in-law Leigh was there to watch her do the skydive.

“She just kept messaging to say ‘When are you going to do it,’” she said.

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