Lack of volunteers forces King’s Lynn charity support group to close

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After raising more than £20,000 for Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital over two decades, a charity has been forced to close when their appeals for new committee members were unsuccessful.

Members of Lynn Heart Support Group closed their doors after some of the committee members retired and another had to step down due to ill health, leaving them with too few to continue.

Chairman Ray Dowsett said: “We have had to make the monumental decision to call it a day, we had no option but to close. I’ve been with the group for 20 years and several of the others have been there for 17 or 18, it’s very disappointing.

“All the fundraising we did over the years was ploughed back into the hospital for equipment and treatments, but we also provided our members with a lot of companionship that will certainly be missed.”

The group decided that the monies they had left over from their fundraising for this yearwould be given to help heart patients.

A total of £5,000 was split between donations to Carl Smith of Medics on Bikes and Chris Donaldson of the Air Ambulance – both vital lifelines for those with heart problems.

Ray said: “Medics on Bikes will be using the money to purchase a second heart monitor and the Air Ambulance will use it to fund the running costs of their vital emergency equipment.

“We were also able to give the British Heart Foundation a cheque for £1,588 as a thank you for providing us with the £100 needed 20 years ago to set up the group. We wanted the money to be ploughed back into the same type of work.”

He added: “The group would like to thank all the members for their support over the years and to everyone who has donated generously to the cause. We have been able to give generously to the cardiac departments at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital thanks to you.”

The group used to meet on the first Wednesday of every month at Lynn’s Masonic Centre, in North Lynn, often taking referrals from the hospital.