19/05/2023 | Press releases

Babergh chairman’s support for the Blossom Appeal

Thank you to our colleagues at Babergh District Council for the following media release.

Babergh District Council chairman, Cllr Kathryn Grandon, has presented a cheque for more than £12k to her chosen charity, the Blossom Appeal.

During her term as chairman, Cllr Grandon hosted a charity ball at the Royal Hospital School welcoming almost 200 guests, and collected donations for her chosen charity through the chairman’s ‘JustGiving’ page.

These fundraising activities were well supported by residents across the district and Cllr Grandon presented a cheque for the value of £12,408 to the Blossom Appeal this week.

The Blossom Appeal is a fundraising initiative led by Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity to create a multi-million pound Breast Care Centre supporting patients and their families, providing a welcoming, modern and tranquil environment during a very difficult and often traumatic period.

The centre opened its doors to patients in January 2023. It also received NHS funding from East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Ipswich Hospital. The Breast Care Centre was officially opened in March this year.

Cllr Kathryn Grandon (pictured centre with staff from the hospital) said: “I chose the Blossom Appeal, in part to say thank you for the amazing work that the NHS does but also to raise awareness of the incredible service the Ipswich Hospital breast care team offer to families across the county.

“I have first-hand experience of the fantastic care, kindness and expertise offered. They have been and are a real source of support, not just to the women and men facing breast cancer but their loved ones too.

“There are so many different aspects in dealing with and fighting breast cancer and this new centre will support women and men across Babergh and wider Suffolk by bringing all these different elements of breast care under one roof.

Sandra Gosney, community fundraising manager with Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity, said: “We were thrilled to be selected as the chosen charity for the Babergh District Council chairman last year.

“Without the public’s support, we wouldn’t have been able to realise our ambition of create a patient-focussed Breast Care Centre. Our thanks to the chairman and her supporters for this generous donation.”

More information about The Blossom Appeal is available on the Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity website.

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