The St Edmunds Trust

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We give grants to charitable organisations involved in the care or treatment of sick or disabled people.

The area we cover is loosely defined by the borders of West Suffolk, and includes the towns of Bury St Edmunds, Mildenhall, Haverhill, Newmarket and Sudbury.

A New Chairman for the Trust 

Following the retirement of Mary Pennock at the last St Edmunds Trust AGM, the role of chair has been taken by Alan Bedford. 

Alan, a long-standing trustee, retired from the NHS ten years ago after 25 years as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon specializing in surgery of the lower limb, in particular the knee.  During this period he chaired the department for 5 years and held various clinical roles overseeing the expansion of the unit.

Alan trained in surgery and subsequently orthopaedics at Westminster, the Middlesex and the Royal National Orthopaedic hospitals, before leaving for a rural life in Suffolk.  He has long been a supporter of numerous charities in the area.

Alan says: "It is an honour and great pleasure to chair St Edmunds Trust. The Governors are committed to awarding monies raised by the sale of St Edmunds Hospital, where I worked for 25 years, to deserving groups in our community consistent with our stated aims."

Recent Grant to My WiSH

St Edmunds Trust has provided £7,000 for My WiSH charity, which supports West Suffolk Hospital.

Sue Smith, fundraising manager for My WiSH, said: “We are overwhelmed with this very generous grant from St Edmunds Trust. This means we are over half-way to reaching our target of £25,000 to purchase a Sentimag machine so we can start enhancing the care to our breast cancer patients much sooner than we anticipated.”

Mary Pennock, chair of St Edmunds Trust says: “We are delighted to support fundraising for a Sentimag machine for the breast care department at West Suffolk Hospital. Hopefully this will reduce the incidence of lymphodema for breast cancer patients.”

Presentation to My Wish

From left, St Edmunds Trust trustee John Clark, Chair Mary Pennock, Andrea Pryor, WSH clinical services manager for breast care and Sue Smith, fundraising manager for MyWiSH.


Click here to see a complete list of recent recipients