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Bingo players raising numbers for good causes

PUBLISHED: 07:00 27 January 2019

Pictured from left to right are Marilyn Gooby, Anthony Tatum, Sharon Paxton, Tracy Tatum, Sally Daniels, Andy Paxton and Vicky Paxton. Picture: MY WISH CHARITY

Pictured from left to right are Marilyn Gooby, Anthony Tatum, Sharon Paxton, Tracy Tatum, Sally Daniels, Andy Paxton and Vicky Paxton. Picture: MY WISH CHARITY

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Fundraisng bingo sessions in Great Cornard have proved just the ticket for the MyWish charity.

The sessions, organised by Tracy Tatum wit the support of her family and friends, have raised £5,000 in just three years, of which £2,000 has gone to the Every Heart Matters appeal.

The rest of the money has gone to the Macmillan Unit at the West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds, and the charity’s Love Your Nodes appeal.

Tracy, who lives in Second Avenue, in Sudbury, runs the once-a-month sessions at Old Wells School with between 30 to 45 people attending.

The 53-year-old craft maker and support worker at The Dell Care Home, in Great Cornard, gets help with the sessions from her husband Anthony, sister-in-law and brother Sharon and Andy Paxton, daughters Vicky and Samantha and family friend Marilyn Gooby.

Sessions take place on the last Saturday in the month.

Tracy said she started the fundraising after contracting breast cancer four years ago and losing her brother after he suffered a heart attack six years ago when he was just 55.

She said: “It’s good to have a local cardiac unit at the hospital which will help people by them not having to travel further afield, it’s a real asset.”

Sally Daniels, appeal manager, said: “Tracy and her family and friends putting on such a great event for the community. They have not only raised an incredible amount of money but have given people the opportunity to get together and enjoy a sociable evening rather than being at home on their own, which is just fantastic.”

The appeal reached its target of £500,000 in December which has enabled the hospital to create a specialist heart diagnosis unit and bring the heart department together on one floor.

Some patients with heart conditions in west Suffolk have to be treated elsewhere for a range of cardiac services that are currently not available at the hospital.

It will allow diagnostic tests, checks and follow up to happen all in one place and means patients will not need to visit other departments or repeatedly dress and undress for tests and scans.

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