Family throws charity ball to support St Nicholas Hospice Care in Bury St Edmunds

The Unsworth family at the charity�s Bury St Edmunds hospice handing over the funds raised from thei

The Unsworth family at the charity�s Bury St Edmunds hospice handing over the funds raised from their charity ball in 2017 Picture: ST NICHOLAS HOSPICE CARE - Credit: Archant

A family is continuing its fundraising quest for a Bury St Edmunds-based hospice with a black tie ball in memory of a loved one.

Denise, Todd, Alex and Bethany Unsworth, who have been supporting St Nicholas Hospice Care since 2015, are hoping the event will raise thousands of pounds for the charity.

The family, who live in Croxton, Cambridgeshire, are raising money in memory of Denise’s mother Mary Vogeler, who was cared for by the hospice.

Denise said: “The reasons behind our fundraising start with experiencing the expertise, love and support first-hand when my mum was given a prognosis of terminal cancer requiring palliative treatment back in 2015.

“We were overwhelmed by how much support we received as a family in addition to the care that was needed for our special person.

“We, as a family, cannot thank them all enough and would love to continue to support the hospice to give other families what we had the chance to receive.”

Tickets for the charity ball – which will take place on June 2 at Lynford Hall Hotel in Mundford – are now on sale priced at £45.

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The event, the third of its kind, will include a Bucks Fizz drink on arrival with grand entrance photography, a three-course meal, disco and magician. There will also be music from the New Mojos Funk & Soul Band, plus a charity raffle with prizes donated by a number of local businesses.

Denise added: “The ball involves a lot of planning and it did start off as a one-off but it was so thoroughly enjoyed by popular demand it has become an annual event.

“We also have good friends on board who have also experienced the same outstanding care that we have.”

Last year the family’s ball raised £2,146.23 for the charity, which cares for those across west Suffolk and south Norfolk coping with long-term and life-threatening illnesses.

The family have also completed a variety of other events and challenges for the hospice, with their efforts leading to a fundraising total of £8,762.30.

This year’s ball starts at 6.30pm and will finish at 1am. Tickets are available by emailing toddunsworth@yahoo.co.uk or deniseunsworth8@gmail.com

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