Thurston & Ixworth Dec’18

Thurston Ixworth MyWiSH charity

MyWiSH 2018 Memories
I can’t believe we are nearing the end of 2018 already; this year just seems to have flown by! As this is our last article of the year we thought we would have a walk down memory lane and remember some of the wonderful
things you have done for your local hospital!

You supported so many areas of our hospital and it meant we were able to purchase an Accuvein for
our rainbow outpatients, which is a device for highlighting veins, making it easier to take blood or cannulate
our young patients. Specialist chairs for our stroke patients, radios and music for F10, a cuddle cot for our
maternity unit, which is a refrigerated wicker cradle that is used to allow the baby to stay with the parents for as
long as they wish after the tragedy of losing a baby at childbirth. Our critical care unit got an equipment
trolley, urology outpatients received a flow meter and ‘DAVE’ (a digital reminiscence machine) was introduced
to our dementia patients. This is just a snippet of the wonderful things your fundraising has enabled us to buy
and help enhance our patients, their families and our staffs stay in hospital.

We had our first ever Soapbox challenge! The event took place down Mount Road, Bury St Edmunds and
it was an early start as we set up the course but the sun shone, everyone was smiling and there was much fun
and laughter as the fourteen teams arrived. Everyone was keen to see their opposition’s soapboxes and the
whole atmosphere was one of great camaraderie. Before they raced all teams had to perform a presentation ‘dance’! We saw performances from pirates, Super Mario, pineapples, horses, and Star Wars characters to
name a few. Our three judges, Jan Bloomfield, Jo Churchill and Steve Dunn, also had to choose their favourite soapbox. Best Soapbox went to Sealeys Tools. This trophy was kindly sponsored by Coastline
Graphics. Best Presentation went to HS Direct. The team took on the theme of Austin Powers and their routine was
just brilliant. This trophy was kindly sponsored by Curve Motion. Fastest Time went to Spiral Hardwear with a time of 36.75 seconds. This trophy was kindly sponsored by Moreton Hall Health Club. Finally, we announced our Overall Winner. With a score of 103 points it was the White Horse at Whepstead and their trophy being
kindly sponsored by RBA Solutions. It was a fantastic day and we want to thank everyone involved. We have a date of 31st August for next years event, so if you would like a team then please get in touch.

Talking of events, we also saw the return of our Bury Dog Show at Nowton Park and West Suffolk Spin which were another great success; keep your eyes peeled on our website and social media channels for next
year’s dates.

Finally, I would love to tell you if we hit our Every Heart Matters appeal target of £500,000, but as we write our
articles a month in advance I can’t! So please, please keep donating and help us get there. You can donate by
texting EHMA17 £5 to 70070, or visit and fingers crossed in our next article I can tell you
we hit our target!

I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas a new year, and we will see you all in 2019!

Best wishes, Sue Smith