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Supporters help raise £12k at Thorpe Hall fair

The Thorpe Hall Summer Fete  2014  The desert Bellydancers entertain the crowds. EMN-140308-195234009

The Thorpe Hall Summer Fete 2014 The desert Bellydancers entertain the crowds. EMN-140308-195234009

The sun shone on Thorpe Hall Hospice at the weekend as thousands of pounds was raised for its appeal. Staff at the Sue Ryder hospice held their annual summer fete on Sunday, with crowds descending on the grounds to take part in activities and get a look at the grounds.

More than £12,000 was raised on the day, which will be used in the campaign to raise £6m to build a new facility on the site.

Thorpe Hall regional fundraiser Kirsty Clipston said she was delighted with the success of the event. She said: “Once again Thorpe Hall Hospice staff and volunteers pulled out all the stops to make our summer fete a huge success.

“We were delighted to have the support of so many people on the day and to see so many old friends and new faces.”

During the day visitors were able to watch a variety of shows and performances from acts including a troupe of belly dancers, as well as pick up bargains from stalls and games, and take a look at a display of historic and vintage vehicles.

Kirsty said: “We’re still counting the money but we’ve smashed through the £12,000 mark.

“Every penny of that will go to our £6m appeal funding the building of our new hospice here at Thorpe Hall.

“With building work set to start in September we have to get that money in the bank so a huge thank you to everyone who is helping us.” Now preparations for the start of building work are taking place, and staff at the hospice are looking for suggestions for items to put in a time capsule. A number of photos dating back to the early 20th century have already been collected and some people have shared their Thorpe Hall memories. Plans for the new hospice will be included as will newspapers from the day the build starts.

If you’d like to get involved in helping to create the Thorpe Hall time capsule please get in touch with Suzanne Ostler at Thorpe Hall by e-mailing Thorpe.fundraising@sueryder.org or calling 01733 225991.

 

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