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First time Fundraisers have a ball and raise £27,000 for hospice care
Two women took the lead and raised an incredible £27,000 for the hospice that cared for their loved ones.
Kerry Oldfield and Debbie Arthey held a Gala Ball at Orsett Hall last month and raised the staggering sum for Saint Francis Hospice.
Debbie, 56, said her mother-in-law Rose Arthey, 79, spent just one day at the hospice before she died in September last year but it made such a difference to Rose and her family.
"At the hospice she was treated like a person; everything was about her and that was wonderful," said Debbie, a company secretary. "All the staff made a very difficult time a lot easier to deal with."
Kerry, 57, was also keen to support the charity after it helped a relative before he died in 2014. "The family said they couldn't thank the hospice enough as what they had done was amazing.After that I wanted to do something for Saint Francis Hospice as I know they get so little from the government."
During the evening an auction, which featured a range of fabulous gifts and experiences, brought in an incredible £17,000.
There was also a raffle and a silent auction of sporting memorabilia.
The dynamic duo, who both live in Emerson Park, are delighted that their first fundraising event has been such a success and thanked everyone for giving so generously.
"We are incredibly grateful to Kerry and Debbie for their spectacular fundraising efforts," said Linda Borg, Fundraising Coordinator at the hospice.
"This very generous donation will pay for a Community Nurse Specialist for more than six months, which means that many people with life limiting illnesses will be able to spend precious time at home with their loved ones, fully supported by Saint Francs Hospice."
"It is truly amazing what Kerry and Debbie's hard work and determination has achieved and we hope it will inspire other people and businesses to follow in their footsteps."
Special thanks to everyone whose generous donations ensured the event was a great success. This includes: Matt Quill, Pat Rice, Frank Smith, Joe Scanlon, Jenny O'Donoghue, Lee Hanson, Tony Warren, Holly Baker, Karen and Ellie of No1 Bootcamp, Grove Hotel, The Munnelly Group, Rory Barker of Hiscox, Noel Goddard of Bounce, Tim De'ath West Ham Utd Player Liasion Manager and England Team chef, Paul Falltrick of Gisele hair salon, Andrew Crossley at Barclays Bank, Ian Turner at CCF, Hairs and Graces Hair Salon, Charlie and Julie Pigram at Spotless Locations, Anthony at Little Italy, Johnny at Mandarin Oriental, Tony at The Ritz, Shepherd and Dog Spices Restaurant and Mandarin Palace.
L-R Lynn Bryan Director of Corporate Services, Kerry Oldfield, Deborah Arthey and Linda Borg, Fundraising Coordinator