Money for hospice bid pouring in

DELIGHTED fundraisers are celebrating after an appeal to build an new children’s hospice in Suffolk topped �350,000.

Thanks to support from East Anglian Daily Times readers, the Treehouse Appeal to raise �3million to build a new complex in Ipswich for life-threatened children this week reached �352,593.

Melanie Chew, EACH director of fundraising, said: “We are absolutely delighted.

“People have heard our message and the whole community is really getting involved now.”

Donations have been pouring in from events across the county, as supporters rally to complete the new six-bedroom complex in woodland off Bixley Road.

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A seaside ice cream parlour in Felixstowe has whipped up a new flavour to boost BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Georgina Wroe’s cycle ride in aid of the vital appeal.

Georgina and her producer Nigel Lungley plan to cycle 420 miles from St David’s Head in Wales to Lowestoft between June 20 and 26.

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The new flavour, called Georgina’s Wheely Great Ice Cream, is a mouth-watering mix of Wagon Wheels and vanilla.

Jessie Fotherby, owner of the The Little Ice Cream Company in Felixstowe, has pledged to donate 50 pence for every scoop sold to the appeal.

“It is a brilliant project,” she said. “It is a great thing Georgina is doing and we’ll do anything we can to support her.”

The presenter has already been hitting the roads four times a week to get in training for the big event.

“The new ice cream is delicious,” Georgina said. “I’m sure it will be very popular.

“The whole of Suffolk is getting involved in the fundraising and I just wanted to be a part of it.”

Delicious butterfly cakes were on the menu this week as supporters cooked up a storm to support the appeal’s Butterfly Day yesterday.

Staff at the EADT joined hundreds of others across Suffolk to hold a cake sale for the cause.

Anyone with old foreign currency is invited to donate the worthless coins at the EACH stand at the Suffolk Show on June 2 and 3.

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