Donations flow in for Great Yarmouth Palliative Care East appeal

DONATIONS have continued to flow in for the James Paget University Hospital Palliative Care East appeal after climbers scaled the heights of Ben Nevis for the charity cause.

Emma Shreeve presented a cheque for �1,657 to the hospital’s palliative care team, which was money she raised from climbing Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, with a friend in February.

Friends Kim Smith, Jonathan Carmichael and Nicki Guard had a hair-raising experience for the charity by having a sponsored hair cut to raise �800 for the appeal. Their hair was then coloured in the red and green colours of the appeal logo.

As reported in the Mercury earlier this month, 59 female climbers successfully completed the gruelling 4,409ft Ben Nevis Challenge to raise �14,000.

The money will go towards the appeal to raise �1.5m for a new respite day care centre for people with terminal illnesses in the hospital’s grounds.

Specifically, the cash will pay for a special garden at the centre.

The group’s achievement represented the culmination of months of training involving walking and climbing exercises around Gorleston seafront, Fritton Woods, Haddiscoe and Herringfleet.

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Former elite special forces member Tremaine Kent, from Belton, trained the group, who were raising money for Carla’s Angels, in memory of Mr Kent’s partner Carla Saunders, who died from cancer in 2009.

He was joined by a team of seven men who helped give the team encouragement all the way.

Forthcoming events in aid of the appeal:

l On June 4 an open garden at 5 Gloucester Avenue, Lowestoft (off Gorleston Road) from 2pm–5.30pm. There will be refreshments, raffle, plants and stalls.

l On June 10, a Ben Nevis Celebration Ball at Zest at Potters Leisure Resort at Hopton.

l On June 17, a Masquerade Ball organised by Great Yarmouth College at the Imperial Hotel in Yarmouth.

l On July 24, a James Paget University Hospital fete.

l On October 7, a Moonlite Walk on Lowestoft seafront.

l To make a donation to the appeal, visit Cheques, made payable to Palliative Care East, can be sent to Palliative Care East, Fundraising Office, James Paget University Hospital, Gorleston, NR31 6LA.