Appeal's cake boost

AN Ipswich pensioner has given the Let Them Play appeal a boost by donating two hand-decorated cakes to Ipswich Hospital.Fred Maltby, 82, was a cook in the Coldstream Guards during the Second World War and his passion for cooking has continued throughout his life.

AN Ipswich pensioner has given the Let Them Play appeal a boost by donating two hand-decorated cakes to Ipswich Hospital.

Fred Maltby, 82, was a cook in the Coldstream Guards during the Second World War and his passion for cooking has continued throughout his life.

He has donated cakes to Ipswich Hospital each Christmas for around ten years.

He said: “I have spent a lot of time in the hospital over the years because I suffer from angina and had a triple heart bypass around fifteen years ago, so I've always made cakes for the adult wards as a thank you for the care I've received.

“When I read the article in the paper about the children's wards and their predicament I decided it was time for a change this year.”

Mr Maltby, of Morecambe Court, even bought a book of raffle tickets to give to the staff so that they could raise funds for the appeal.

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Keren Brooke, the hospital's play co-ordinator, said: “It's just fantastic.

“He has gone to so much effort to make these beautiful cakes and everyone is really touched.”

The Let Them Play appeal is aiming to raise £30,000 to resurface the outdoor play area at the children's wards.

It has not been updated since 1988 and years of use by thousands of children have caused it to harden.

Without urgent attention it could become too unsafe to use.

Organisations, businesses and individuals are all being encouraged to get on board and dig deep.

Cheques should be made payable to 'Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust Let Them Play' and sent to The Directorate of Child Health, Ipswich Hospital, Heath Road, Ipswich, IP4 5PD.

Tell The Evening Star about your fundraising efforts by writing to Sarah Gillett, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, emailing sarah.gillett@eveningstar.co.uk or calling Sarah on 01473 324791.

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