West Norfolk Jives in memory of Sue

West Norfolk Jivers raise £942 for the Macmillan Cancer Care and Treatment Centre, through a Benefit Jive night in honour of local woman Sue Roach, who sadly died of cancer in October 2016.

Sue taught Jive monthly at Jive Survivors and greeted all members with a beaming smile when they entered the classes.  Sue was a valued member for many years whose love for dancing was evident to all, with Sue continuing to teach until her health no longer allowed.

Sue’s bubbly personality and love for a party was the reasoning as to why the benefit dance was a fitting tribute, raising money through; ticket sales, donations, and a raffle, with the DJ even waiving his fee to contribute to the donation. There was also a large amount of donations coming in from those who were unable to make the event on the 28th January, at Stowbridge village hall.

Sue and her husband John had previously donated to the Macmillan Cancer Care and Treatment Centre following her wedding in May 2015. The couple asked for donations to be collected instead of receiving presents from their guests.

The club is also hoping to stage another event next January to continue to raise funds for the Macmillan Cancer Care and Treatment Centre, in memory of Sue.

Fiona Bembridge of West Norfolk Jive said: “We were very pleased with the amount we raised and jivers from several parts of Norfolk came. Several members of West Norfolk Jive helped organise the night. Sue always praised the care she received at the unit and was keen to give something back. It was a great night, Sue would have loved it if she had still been with us.”

Kerry Craik a junior sister in the Macmillan Cancer Care and Treatment Centre said: “It was a wonderful privilege to accept this generous donation of £942 from the West Norfolk Jivers on behalf of the Macmillan Cancer Care and Treatment Centre from John Roach and Fiona Bembridge, in memory of the recent care and support John’s wife, Sue had received. All money raised will be used to buy vital equipment which will be used on a daily basis, and assist in providing the continuing care and support for cancer patients within the Macmillan unit”


Pictured left to right: Fiona Bembridge of West Norfolk Jive, Sue’s husband John Roach and Kerry Craik a sister on Macmillan.

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Remembering Mark with a poem

The family of a popular man from Elm has donated more than a thousand pounds to thank doctors and nurses at two hospitals.

Lighting surveyor Mark Hagerty, 58, had been treated at The Queen Elizabeth and North Cambs Hospitals before losing his battle to cancer in November last year.

His wife Patricia and their sons Ben and Mitchell have raised £1,140 to be divided between the two hospital’s cancer centres after receiving donations at Mr Hagerty’s funeral service.

Mrs Hagerty has also presented the hospital with a copy of The Wave, a poem written by her husband more than 20 years ago.

She said: “Mark was inspired to write this poem when he was surfing and it was published in a book.

“I wanted to donate a copy of the poem to both hospitals as Mark was treated at both and the staff were lovely to him.

“I am going to raise even more money by completing Race for Life and the Colour Run.”

Mrs Hagerty, who runs with her Pointers Roxy and Dotty, has presented a copy of the poem to nurse Verity Connolly, who supported Mr and Mrs Hagerty during the 18-month battle.


Patricia Hagerty is pictured presenting a poem to nurse Verity Connolly

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Race course walk in memory of Doreen

The going was good for a Snettisham family who took to the race course in memory of a popular wife and mother.

Doreen Grange was honoured by her family and friends who completed five laps of Fakenham Racecourse to raise money for The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn.

The family wanted to give something back to the hospital after Mrs Grange lost her battle to cancer in June last year.

Her husband Ray along with son Andy and daughter Gail presented a cheque for £1,258 to Sister Jane Miller at the hospital.

Ray, who was married to Doreen for 56 years, has thanked the people of Snettisham for their support.

He said: “I think it is a wonderful amount to have raised for the hospital. It shows how well thought of Doreen was in the village.”

Doreen had worked at Sandringham House before her marriage and later worked as a Home Help Care Assistant for 25 years.

A total of 10 people, including members of the Grange family along with friends from the Alan Stockley Pharmacy, in Snettisham, walked the course on December 18. Owners of the track also ran a race in memory of Doreen on the day.

Her son Andy has thanked Lady Jane Fellowes, sister to Diana, Princess of Wales, for her support along with Fakenham Racecourse.

He said: “We cannot thank everyone enough for their support. It is heartening to know that nearly every penny was raised by someone who knew or went to school with Mum.”


Pictured are: front, from left, Sister Jane Miller, Ray Grange and Andy Grange; back, Robert Brown, Malcolm Brown and Gail Brown

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