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Care appeal support grows

PUBLISHED: 09:28 06 February 2009 | UPDATED: 12:58 03 July 2010

A CHARITY appeal which has the ultimate aim of making the end of life worth living looks set to have a bumper year with devoted fundraisers organising dozens of money-spinning events.

A CHARITY appeal which has the ultimate aim of making the end of life worth living looks set to have a bumper year with devoted fundraisers organising dozens of money-spinning events.

The appeal has so far raised more than £800,000 for the £1.5m project which would see a dedicated palliative care centre built in the grounds of the James Paget University Hospital. Supporters are hopeful building work could start next year and the centre would serve patients from the Yarmouth and Waveney area who suffer from incurable illnesses such as cancer and motor neurone disease.

Forthcoming events being held in aid of Palliative Care East include Great Yarmouth Lions Club race night on February 20, at the Cliff Hotel in Gorleston.

The evening starts at 7.30pm with the first race at 8pm, tickets are £10 and include a choice of hot food. Races can be sponsored for £25 and horses can be bought for £5, or money can be put on runners.

And proceeds from a raffle will be split between the appeal and the Lions Club International Gift for Living appeal.

Tickets are available from Lion Janice Barr on 01493 667031 or email janice.barr@live.co.uk.

And a comedy quiz programme organised by BBC Radio Norfolk aims to raise hundreds of pounds for the appeal when it is recorded at Gorleston Pavilion on April 24.

Should the Team Think? involves four well known broadcasters and entertainers, including appeal patron Keith Skipper, folk singer Sid Kipper, Look East's Carol Bundock and Radio Norfolk's man of football Chris Goreham, compete in a quiz overseen by chairman David Clayton.

The quiz has been running for 16 years and in that time it has raised thousands of pounds for charity. April will mark the fourth occasion the show has been recorded at the Pavilion and the show will include a warm up comedy from Sid Kipper and Radio Norfolk's presenter Maggie Secker. Tickets are £10 and available from the box office 01493 662832. The theatre is closed due to annual maintenance but any calls to the box office will be dealt with, callers may have to leave a message.

Other forthcoming events raising money for Palliative Care East include a nostalgia evening with Colin Tooke tomorrow night at St Paul's Church in Yarmouth; Great Yarmouth Rotary's annual charity quiz at the town hall on February 20; sponsored dog walk on Gorleston clifftop on April 19; and the Yarmouth Rotary Club's charity fun walk at Somerleyton on May 17.

Meanwhile, preparations continue for a massive charity event on August 9 to be held at Yarmouth Racecourse. Embrace, a combination of sporting events, music and comedy, aims to raise money for Palliative Care East and get local people active by takig part in a three mile fun run.

BWell health club is organising the event along the Palliative Care East and local sports groups are being encouraged to get involved.

For further details contact Spencer McCormack at BWell on 01493 452095; email gorleston@bodywellness.co.uk. Alternatively contact Jenny Westgate on 01493 453348; email Jenny.Westgate@jpaget.nhs.uk.

Recent donations are:

Norfolk weeklies Archant Newspapers £336; Mr T C Upton £10; Mr A Coleman in memory of Emily Sergo £15; special care baby unit at the James Paget £30; Angie Powley £20; Mrs M Golder £15; Kathleen Lingard £25; Brundish & Son in memory of Norman Hindley £90; Mrs C Hindley, in memory of Norman Hindley £340; Desmond Veness in memory of Robina Clarke £100; The Lodge of United Friends No 313 £5,000; Marina Centre Physically Disabled Swimming Club £30; Lynn Fuller in memory of Mr Fuller £30; Joyce and Cedric Nickerson in memory of John Vry £100; Information services, Russ Crawford JPH £22.35; Jessie Cooke £5; Mrs D Woods £250; Mr and Mrs B George £200; Methodist ladies group £200; Corton Parochial Church Council £117; Mr C Carvell and Mrs K Scott £50; Jary & Sons in memory of John Thompson £550; Freethorpe village hall £280; Mrs D Deeks £10; John Gedge & Son in memory of Reginald Lincoln £254; A Jary & Sons in memory of Peter Franklin £152.50; V Knights £100; Mrs A Woodcock £80; Dr Anthony Stephenson £45; Mr and Mrs Brown, Wherry Way Control Centre £60; Anglia Co-op funerals in memory of Terence Cone £795; A Jary & Sons in memory of Mr D Eastoe £200; Jary & Sons in memory of Mrs R Edmonds £410; Mr and Mrs Roe £106.70; Anglia Co-op funerals in memory of Marguerite Titterington £359; Debenhams £54.50; Mr and Mrs Siegert £5; Practice development JPH £23.15; Westgate Department stores £69.80; Albion public house in memory of Norman Hindley £500.

Donations can be made online at www.palliative-care-east.org.uk.

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