Bury St Edmunds: Town retailers put on a stylish fundraiser for St Nicholas Hospice Care

MONEY raised at a glamorous fashion show at the West Wing, Ickworth, has been handed over to St Nicholas Hospice Care.

Show organiser Sharon Ridgeon visited the hospice for a tour and presented a cheque of �4,035.

Ms Ridgeon, a manager at NatWest bank in Bury St Edmunds, said: “My husband’s mother died of leukaemia and she was in and out of the hospice. Seeing the care she received made me want to do something for it.”

This was the third year the fashion show has been held for the hospice, and the amount raised has increased every year.

“It was a brilliant night,” Ms Ridgeon added. “It was a lot of hard work to organise but good fun too.”

The event on June 13 showcased fashions from Bury retailers Cabana, Scarlet, Anna, Anne Furbank, Six Whiting Street and Paul Stephens, with models’ hair styled by Gavin Ashley.

Corporate fundraiser for the hospice, Abby Mayes, said the event was a fantastic evening with a superb atmosphere. She added: “We are grateful for all the hard work that went into organising the event, to the West Wing for being so supportive and to all those who attended. Donations such as this are vital to the hospice.”

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The local charity looks after people with terminal and life-shortening illnesses.

As a registered charity, St Nicholas Hospice Care has to raise �11,000 every day to meet running costs.

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