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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”

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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.

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Patricia Hagerty is pictured presenting a poem to nurse Verity Connolly

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Gavin shares story to raise money for QEH

“Every day is so difficult and hurts so much but if that is the cross I have to bear for being so much in love, then so be it, I have no regrets” is the poignant tribute a Docking man pays to his cherished wife in his latest book.

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Could You Be the Difference that Makes a Difference at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital?

A new appeal is being launched at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn’s to offer additional support to patients, many of whom are in their dying days.

The Trust is asking for volunteers for a ward companion scheme, to be launched during the national Dying Matters Week, starting on Tuesday, May 10. A pilot scheme has already proved a success, appreciated by patients, families, carers and hospital staff alike. Continue reading Could You Be the Difference that Makes a Difference at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital?

Exceptional Volunteers for The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Honoured

Volunteers, John Garner, James Garner and Dr. Steven Grove were honoured recently with an award from the Mayor’s Civic Awards for Voluntary Service, presented for their incredible fundraising efforts on behalf of The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn. Continue reading Exceptional Volunteers for The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Honoured