More donations for James Paget Palliative Care centre

HOT on the heels of the announcement building work will start on the new palliative care centre at the James Paget University Hospital in February, more donations have arrived for the Palliative Care East appeal this week.

Travel and tourism students at Great Yarmouth College held a masquerade ball, which raised the �2,000 needed for a dedicated butterfly on the wall of the new �1.5m palliative care centre at the hospital.

Glamour and luxury laced with mystery helped them raise the final amount needed to meet their target at the ball, organised by second year students at Yarmouth’s Imperial Hotel on June 17.

The students planned the ball and cashraising activities during the evening.

Travel and tourism students and staff have held events for the appeal for the last two years.

Lecturer Judy Shannon said: “We are really pleased we managed to raise our target. The students have worked really hard through the years planning and organising events and it all feels very worthwhile.

“The masquerade ball was a great success. They should be proud of themselves that they have done so much to help such a cause and contributed to the community by their hard work.”

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The students – who take qualifications in hospitality, food service and alcohol service – worked with the Imperial Hotel to come up with the menu and organised their own entertainment.

Last week, John Hemming, the hospital’s chairman, revealed more details about the new centre at the Brasenose Avenue end of the hospital, as the appeal total reached �1.3m with the rest of the money guaranteed in future donations.

There will be more than 10 rooms where people can receive help and advice on their conditions and the interior decor will feature lighter colours to give a more relaxed feel.

Forthcoming events in aid of the appeal include:

l On Tuesday, a ladies’ day event. Hairbase will be at Debenhams between 9am and 4pm for ‘Hair ups’ for ladies going to the ladies’ night at the races.

l On July 16 an annual barbecue at Ormesby St Michael.

l On July 23 a darts match in memory of Barbara Hewitt

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

l On August 28, a charity auction at the Mariners Rest pub in Lowestoft

l To make a donation to the appeal, visit www.palliativecareeast.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.