Charities to benefit from antique gala

TWO charities are set to benefit from an Antiques Gala Evening and Organ Recital at St Nicholas Church in Great Yarmouth next month. A similar event held last year raised more than �3,200 for Palliative Care East and proved so popular that many have asked the veent to be repeated again.

TWO charities are set to benefit from an Antiques Gala Evening and Organ Recital at St Nicholas Church in Great Yarmouth next month.

A similar event held last year raised more than �3,200 for Palliative Care East and proved so popular that many have asked the veent to be repeated again.

This year's event on September 9 will be in aid of Palliative Care East which aims to build a dedicated care centre at the James Paget for terminally ill patients and the St Nicholas Church Preservation Trust which is collecting for refurbishment of the organ and the fabric of the church.

Hugh Sturzaker, one of the organisers, said “This is a great opportunity to raise funds for two very worthwhile causes as well as having a sociable occasion in a magnificent building which is the largest parish church in the country. There will be guided tours around the church by Dr Paul Davies and an illustrated talk about the problems with the organ by organist and choirmaster John Stephens. This will be followed by a short organ recital. All this, including food and the first drink, will cost only �10.”

Four local antique dealers Malcolm Ferrow, Valerie Howkins, Frank Hume and David McDermot will be available to appraise antiques such as paintings, jewellery, Victorian dolls, books, postcards, photographs, china and small items of furniture for �2 an item. An auction will be conducted by Charles Bycroft and a raffle will also be held.

Anyone wanting to donate an item for the auction or raffle should contact Malcolm Ferrow on 01493 663605.

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To add to the occasion organisers will be in evening dress and last year about half of those attending were similarly dressed.

Tickets are �10 available from Howkins Jewellers, 135 King Street, Yarmouth, or Howards Estate Agents in Yarmouth and Gorleston and from the Palliative Care East office at the James Paget on 01493 453348.

Further details about the St Nicholas Church Appeal can be found at sncpt.co.uk

To make a donation visit www.palliative-care-east.org.uk. Cheques made payable to Palliative Care East can be sent to Palliative Care East, Fundraising Office, James Paget University Hospital, Gorleston, NR31 6LA. To find out more about the appeal and how you can hold a fundraising event call co-ordinator Jenny Westgate on 01493 453348.

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