My WiSH Charity are your local charity supporting your local hospital and our aim is to never replace the care that the NHS provides but to further enhance it. In doing this we hope to make the lives of our patients, their families and our hardworking staff a little easier.
The charity was actually founded in 1995 but has only really progressed in the past four years or so, when we decided to rebrand. Our previous name and logo were rather corporate and we wanted to stand out and make our message clear.
Well with West Suffolk Hospital kindly having the initials WSH it made sense to use it and incorporate a small i to spell WiSH. I like to think the i stands for our “inspirational” fundraisers. And the My, well that is for your wish for your hospital. I am sure that you have all used it at one time or another in your life or at least know someone else who has.
We look after over 90 funds covering all ages and aspect of health including neonatal, stroke, diabetes, even your Macmillan unit to name but a few. Our fundraisers are able to choose which area of the hospital they wish to support and can often even choose how the money is spent.
Over the past four years we have opened a bereavement suite for babies who are sadly born sleeping, purchased a machine for our breast cancer patients through our Love Your Nodes appeal, created a memory walk and made areas of the hospital dementia friendly thanks to our Forget-Me-Not appeal. We have also purchased specialist equipment for patients across the Trust including specialist lightweight wheelchairs, a motomed bike for our intensive care patients to aid with their physiotherapy, equipment for our hip spica children, ECG machines and bladder scanners. The list is amazingly extensive and it’s thanks to you our wonderful community.
We are so grateful for every single person who supports us, donates to us, volunteers at our events and make doing our jobs so enjoyable. We get to meet some truly inspirational people that we laugh with, celebrate with and even shed a tear with, and we cannot put into words just what a difference your support makes to our patients, their families and our staff.
Phone 01284 712952