Suffolk: Burlesque group help raise cash for charity

Burlesque show for St Nicholas Hospice Care
Standing: Vicki Ayliffe, Teresa Jones
Middle: Jennie L

Burlesque show for St Nicholas Hospice Care Standing: Vicki Ayliffe, Teresa Jones Middle: Jennie Limniotis, Anita Crawford, Roz Prior, Jenny Vaughan, Alex Beale, Chris Alderton Front: Claire Braker-Finch, Guy Hutchins, Becki Sheridan, Clare Steadman, Helen Snazell. Laying: Sue Clark - Credit: Contributed

A BURLESQUE dance helped raise more than £2,500 for a west Suffolk Hospice at a charity party.

Guy Hutchins, of Moreton Hall, Bury St Edmunds, held the fundraising event for St Nicholas Hospice Care after they cared for his father during the final weeks of his life.

Mr Hutchins, who is running the London Marathon for the hospice, said he still feels he owes the facility a “debt of gratitude”.

He added: “The warmth, love and care they showed my Dad as they nursed him really touched me; and 7 years on I still feel I owe them a debt of gratitude. In our small community most people have had a relative, or know someone, that has passed through the Hospice and so everyone has the highest regard for the amazing work that they do, and the love, respect and compassion that both the patients and relatives receive.”

Mr Hutchins said the party at The Suffolk Hotel, Fornham St Genevieve, was a “roaring success” with tickets for the raffle selling out in just 48 hours and thirteen friends from LA Fitness performing as a burlesque group.

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He added: “The highlight of the evening was the Burlesque Dance Show; choreographed by Alex Beale, it was absolutely phenomenal. None of the girls are trained dancers, but that didn’t stop the crowd going wild.”

Mr Hutchins, who said the proceeds came to £2,561.59, thanked everyone who donated prizes.

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