A VIP visit to the Red Arrows and a BMW track day are among the lots on offer at a dinner and dance which will be raising money for The Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
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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Howard Ellison, known as Howie, was a patient at the hospital before sadly losing his battle to cancer on May 25.
Mr Ellison, who originated from Newton-Le-Willows, made many friends while working as a mechanic in King’s Lynn. He had also won awards for keeping and breeding tropical fish but was also enjoyed squash, bowling, computer games along with building remote controlled planes and spending time with his grandson Bradley, 11.
His wife Mary, daughter Leigh and son Anthony have decided to donate the £1,476.75 which was raised during a collection at the funeral service to the hospital’s Macmillan Centre.
Mrs Ellison said: “It means an awful lot to make this donation and we wanted it to go somewhere which helps people.
“Howard was a very light-hearted man and always had a smile on his face. He was a family man and loved spending time with Bradley.
“We wish to thank everyone who supported the family after Howard’s death.”
Dr Ioannis Gounaris, from the hospital, received the cheque from Mrs Ellison and family on Tuesday August 23.
Pictured are: Bradley and Leigh Didwell with Mary Ellison and Dr Ioannis Gounaris