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West Suffolk Hospital unit will hear the music play after RAF school's donation

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Workmates of a 56-year-old who has been receiving treatment at the Macmillan Unit in West Suffolk Hospital have raised £250 to improve the sound system there.

Ray Coleman, who lives in Bury St Edmunds and works at the F-35 Training School at RAF Marham, in Norfolk, has been attending the unit after being diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma in January this year.

He decided to give the money to the My WiSH Charity at the hospital for the unit after he found that music could only be heard in half the day treatment unit and wanted to purchase something to help.

Ray Coleman with his £250 cheque with Sister Jade Hill. Picture by My WiSH Charity. (50036612)
Ray Coleman with his £250 cheque with Sister Jade Hill. Picture by My WiSH Charity. (50036612)

Staff at the training school bought special polo shirts emblazoned with the school’s charity emblem “One Team One Fight Against Cancer” at £20 each and wore them each Friday donating money to the fund.

He said: “I’ve been a patient at the Macmillan Unit at the hospital since January and spent quite a of time there in the first six months of the year and I wanted to try and give something back.

“We buy the polo tops from the manufacturers and money from the sale of them goes into our charity fund. Once a year the bosses get together and decide who’s going to have the charity money and mine was chosen.

“When I was in the Macmillan Unit there was an old radio and if you sat near it it was quite loud but the further away you could not hear it so I thought it could do with an upgrade.”

Sally Daniels, fundraising manager for My WiSH Charity, met with Ray to thank him for supporting the unit.

“It was great to meet Ray and say a personal thank you from the charity. Laura, the ward manager, was already thinking about buying a new radio so this donation couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. Thank you to everyone who donated,” she said.

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