25 YEARS OF SUPPORT FOR LOCAL CHARITY
30 years of support for thousands of Norfolk heart surgery patients
More than fifty members of the Norfolk Zipper Club travelled to Papworth Hospital on Tuesday 10 July to mark 30 years of support for patients from Norfolk undergoing heart surgery at Papworth Hospital.
Robin Cushing, chairman of the Norfolk Zipper Club said “Our members were delighted to attend a lunch to celebrate 30 years of the Norfolk Zipper Club with our friends at Papworth Hospital. As an organisation we work closely with Papworth Hospital , where patients from Norfolk have their heart surgery, and in addition to the support that our members give to patients they also undertake fundraising activities for the hospital and have provided the hospital with many pieces of medical equipment over the years.”
Mr Cushing continued, “All of our members are indebted to Papworth Hospital in some way. We enjoy supporting those who may be apprehensive about undergoing cardiac surgery and also have enormous fun raising funds for the hospital.”
Stephen Bridge, Chief Executive of Papworth Hospital said “We are delighted to be able to mark the magnificent support by the members of the Norfolk Zipper Club both to Papworth Hospital and heart surgery patients from Norfolk.”
For the last 25 years Norwich International Airport and its staff have supported the Norfolk Zipper Club to help raise over £75,000 in this period, with the sale of daffodils which have been hand picked from the airfield and sold by Zipper Club member on the Cromer Road. In more recent times their members have held collections in the airport terminal building. Andrew Bell CEO of Norwich International Airport said:” Norwich International is proud to support a charity that raises vital funds to help transform the lives of so many.”
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Pictured are back row l-r Robert Burgin, Chairman and Stephen Bridge Chief Executive of Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
Front row l-r Professor John Wallwork, CBE, retired Papworth Hospital surgeon; Pam Blomiley, Directorate Manager of Theatres, Critical Care and Anaesthesia; Robin Cushing, Chairman of Norfolk Zipper Club and Sir Terence English, patron of Norfolk Zipper Club and retired Papworth Hospital surgeon.
The Norfolk Zipper Club will be holding a Family Fun Gala Day on Sunday 22 July, starting at 10am at the Anglian Windows Sports and Social Club, Holt Road, Norwich. For further information please visit: www.norfolkzipperclub.org.uk