Jeannie foregoes gifts to boost Thorpe Hall Hospice funds

Jeannie Dykes from Wothorpe at her fundraising party
Jeannie Dykes from Wothorpe at her fundraising party
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A WOMAN celebrated her 60th birthday and retirement in style by raising more than £1,500 for charity.

Jeannie Dykes, pictured right, of First Drove, Wothorpe, held a fundraising party for Thorpe Hall Hospice in Peterborough.

She said: “As my big birthday loomed, I decided it was time to retire from being a district nurse after 33 years and realised this double event called for a big party.”

Jeannie booked the William Cecil Hotel in Stamford, formerly the Lady Anne Hotel, to host her celebrations and asked guests not to bring presents but make a donation to Thorpe Hall instead.

Jeannie said: “On the evening of the party, I made a short speech about Thorpe Hall and how I worked with a group of complementary therapists, who were all volunteers and gave up their time to give gentle relaxing massages on the wards which the patients greatly enjoyed and found very beneficial.”

Jeannie, who is married to Tom and has three sons, said it was a really enjoyable way to raise money for a good cause.

She said: “I was overwhelmed by the generosity of my family and friends – especially as many gave me presents as well. It was a lot of fun.”

About £1,000 will go to the hospice and £500 to the complementary therapists.

Jeannie is now looking forward to working as a bank staff nurse as well as giving complementary therapies at Thorpe Hall.