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Sell-out ball is a fundraising hit

PUBLISHED: 11:15 23 December 2008 | UPDATED: 12:36 03 July 2010

From left Sandra Goddard (Macmillan specialist palliative care nurse), Mandy Williamson (palliative care secretary), Andrea Baxter-Pownall (Macmillan specialist palliative care nurse) Jeanette George and Gerda Gibbs (Macmillan specialist palliative care n

From left Sandra Goddard (Macmillan specialist palliative care nurse), Mandy Williamson (palliative care secretary), Andrea Baxter-Pownall (Macmillan specialist palliative care nurse) Jeanette George and Gerda Gibbs (Macmillan specialist palliative care n

A GLITTERING ball hosted in memory of a brave and determined woman raised more than £3,500 for Palliative Care East.

A sell-out crowd attended the

Wendy George Memorial Ball, held at Potters Leisure Resort, Hopton, last month.

From left Sandra Goddard (Macmillan specialist palliative care nurse), Mandy Williamson (palliative care secretary), Andrea Baxter-Pownall (Macmillan specialist palliative care nurse) Jeanette George and Gerda Gibbs (Macmillan specialist palliative care n

A GLITTERING ball hosted in memory of a brave and determined woman raised more than £3,500 for Palliative Care East.

A sell-out crowd attended the

Wendy George Memorial Ball, held at Potters Leisure Resort, Hopton, last month.

Wendy, who died of cancer earlier this year, had started to organise the ball in aid of the appeal but as her illness took hold she was forced to stop.

Her daughter-in-law Jeannette George went on to organise the ball in her place - selling all of the 130 tickets and netting a variety of raffle prizes from local businesses. The black tie event, supported by Potters, also included a performance by tribute band UK Beach Boys.

The ball raised an impressive £3,551 for Palliative Care East, which has so far raised more than £800,000 in the bid to build a dedicated palliative care centre in the grounds of the James Paget University Hospital.

Appeal organisers say the centre will support patients whose lives are affected by incurable illness such as cancer or motor neurone disease and it is hoped building work could started in 2010.

Meanwhile, Yarmouth computer company CSS Computers has pledged to support Palliative Care East into 2009 by donating £5 for every PC sold.

In September, the company raised more than £2,000 by holding a charity fun day for its customers and VIPs where guests were challenged to race each other on a computer driving game. Mayor Terry Easter was among those testing his driving skills.

The event marked the first year's anniversary since CSS Computers moved into its purpose-built premises in North Quay.

Peter Green, managing director of CSS Computers, said: “What a wonderful day this was with so much money raised for a great local cause. I'd like to thank everyone who helped us make a big difference in the local community.”

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