Five years of fundraising pays off

"I'll never stop fundraising for Capel Ward."

After five years of fundraising, ward clerk Sharlene Williamson has proudly raised £6,825 for a Bladder Scanner for Capel Ward at Ipswich Hospital. To reach this target Sharlene has organised raffles and tombolas, been part of the John Lewis green token scheme, entered a sponsored walk, and made and sold crafts, bottle lights, chocolate stockings and hampers. She also asked friends and businesses to hold events on behalf of her vision too. These include a cake sale by the Suffolk Constabulary and a Zumba disco at St Albans School.

The new scanner will help diagnose a wide range of bladder problems and saves valuable time as patients no longer have to wait and go off the ward for a CT scan or ultrasound.

Sharlene said “I love fundraising for Capel Ward, I first started seven years ago when I helped raise money for a recliner chair and I have carried on ever since. I would like to thank everyone who has helped me along the way. I am so pleased that the ward has its very own bladder scanner. It’s going to make such a difference to patients as it will enable faster diagnosis and treatment.”

Sharlene has also fundraised for two trolleys to store patient toiletries and a specialist shower chair for use by patients who are unable to stand. Her next target is to raise £4,000 for an ECG machine.

Community fundraising manager, Brian Taylor said “Sharlene is so dedicated to improving her ward. She works tirelessly and always with energy and enthusiasm. A true inspiration.”