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Blossom Appeal hits £100k milestone
23 May 2018

Blossom Appeal hits £100k milestone

An appeal to build a new breast care centre at Ipswich Hospital has passed the £100,000 mark thanks to the generosity of fundraisers.

The Blossom Appeal has reached the milestone around six months after its launch after supporters raised money by holding garden parties, coffee mornings and asking for donations instead of gifts to mark wedding anniversaries.

WI groups from across east Suffolk have organised events to support the appeal, while dances have taken place in Woodbridge, Debenham and Kesgrave. Around 30 brave individuals have also chosen to support the appeal when they take on the Super Hero Zip Line, from the top of the hospital’s iconic maternity building, over the bank holiday weekend.

The appeal aims to raise £2.5m towards a new state-of-the-art facility which will bring all breast services under one roof, so that patients can be imaged, biopsied and see their consultant in one appointment. Currently, patients have to visit three different locations during their care, which means they need to get dressed and undressed several times.

The Ipswich Hospital Charity is now urging even more people to support the appeal by getting behind a series of fundraising events planned for the coming months – including a special masquerade ball taking place in June.

Mandy Jordan, head of charity and fundraising, said: “We are really grateful to everyone who has supported the appeal so far and helped us reach this important milestone.

“The new breast care centre will make a real difference to the experience which thousands of patients have each year when receiving care, so we would encourage anyone who is thinking of doing some fundraising over the summer to check out the events we’ve arranged.

“From skydives to sponsored cycles to family walks – there really is something for everyone.”

The masquerade ball takes place at Kersey Mill from 7pm on Friday 22 June, and will include a drinks reception, three course meal with wine and live music from J.S and The Lockerbillies, who have previously played at Glastonbury. Tickets are priced at £50 per person.

Other events planned over the coming months include a sponsored ‘Walk for Wards’ on 8 July, the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in August and a skydive and cycling challenge, both taking place in September.

Anyone who would like to find out more can call the Ipswich Hospital Charity on 01473 702929 or visit www.ipswichhospitalcharity.co.uk/blossom


Katherine Simpson-Jacobs

Hospital patients deserve a dedicated breast care centre to match the first-class treatment they receive from staff in Ipswich, says Katherine Simpson-Jacobs.

Katherine has backed the Blossom Appeal after undergoing a partial mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2013.

“The care you receive from the breast team at Ipswich is brilliant, but the facilities need updating,” said the school teacher, who has been in remission for four years.

 

“The staff make you feel as good as they can, but the centre is quite depressing. There is that long, impersonal corridor for you to walk down to have a mammogram or biopsy. Then there’s the radiotherapy unit, with this enormous machine, which is always freezing and where you have to get undressed alone. It’s not a nice experience.”

Katherine is a teacher at St Joseph’s College and has written a book called “What We Did When Mummy Got Cancer” – which parents battling the disease can read to their little ones. She attended the Blossom Appeal launch late last year.

“It would be amazing to have a facility that was brighter and fresher, somewhere that was a lot more reassuring,” she added. “When you are in top-class facilities you feel as though you are receiving top-class treatment and that makes you feel better about yourself.

“It would be nice to have a place where the overall atmosphere was better – a place that would better reflect the level of care patients do receive at Ipswich Hospital.”