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PUBLISHED: 11:01 04 October 2008 | UPDATED: 11:56 03 July 2010

A MIX of floristry, fashion, entertainment and espionage raised an impressive £7,000 for the Palliative Care East appeal.

The Blooming Bond Experience, held at the Ocean Room, Gorleston, proved to be a terrific money-spinning evening with a variety of entertainment from the three dancing doctors - Dr Patrick Blossfeldt, Dr William Notcutt and retired surgeon Hugh Sturzaker - who put their best foot forward to Nobody Does it Better.

A MIX of floristry, fashion, entertainment and espionage raised an impressive £7,000 for the Palliative Care East appeal.

The Blooming Bond Experience, held at the Ocean Room, Gorleston, proved to be a terrific money-spinning evening with a variety of entertainment from the three dancing doctors - Dr Patrick Blossfeldt, Dr William Notcutt and retired surgeon Hugh Sturzaker - who put their best foot forward to Nobody Does it Better. A roller skating Bond experience starring Julia Knights and Ric Titcombe wowed the crowds and local dance schools and performers pulled out all the stops to put 100pc in their routines for the show.

Jenny Westgate, appeal co-ordinator, said organisers worked harder than ever to put the successful fundraising event together which was sponsored by several local businesses including IGE Power Station, Simpsons Skoda, Haven Veterinary Surgery, Cockrill Glass, Bure Electrical, First Furnishings, Sidegate Motors, Westgate Fastenings and the Seafood Restaurant.

Local singer Charlotte Bullen is pictured presenting a cheque for £1,000 to the appeal money which was raised by sales of her CD Charli. She is pictured presenting the cheque to Ric Titcombe and Julia Knitghs, organisers of the Blooming Bond Experience.

An antiques gala evening held at St Nicholas Church attracted more than 230 people and raised a massive £3,133.

Four antique dealers - Valerie Howkins, Malcolm Ferrow, Frank Hume and Peter Howkins - were kept busy for almost two hours evaluating objects from jewellery to large Chinese vases while John Stephens and Kate Reynolds played a great medley of music on the piano and violin.

Guests enjoyed wine and cheeses and deputy mayor Paul Garrod spoke about the need for a palliative care centre in the borough.

Charles Byford conducted a spirited auction of various items which had been donated and each of the dealers gave a short talk about some of the interesting objects that they had seen during the evening.

Hugh Sturzaker, one of the organisers, said that the evening had been a great social occasion which had also raised vital money for Palliative Care East. He added a similar event could be

Another popular fundraising evening making a welcome return to the events calendar this year is the Moonlight Walk in Lowestoft, which starts at the Hotel Victoria at 7.30pm next Friday, October 10. Fancy dress is optional and there is bacon rolls, tea and coffee at the finish.

Tickets are £5 and available from Gwen on 01502 572051 or Anne on 01502 539882 and from the Hotel Victoria.

Donations can be sent by post to the James Paget Healthcare NHS Trust Palliative Care Appeal, Palliative Care Team, Lowestoft Road, Gorleston, NR31 6LA. Cheques should be made payable to Palliative Care East.

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

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