Big-hearted readers boost SARS appeal

IT'S hats off to members of the Bridgeward Country Music Club - after they raised a mighty £1,000 to boost The Evening Star's Save a Life appeal.The impressive figure was generated through money collected from entrance fees and raffles held at the club throughout the year.

IT'S hats off to members of the Bridgeward Country Music Club - after they raised a mighty £1,000 to boost The Evening Star's Save a Life appeal.

The impressive figure was generated through money collected from entrance fees and raffles held at the club throughout the year.

It provides a boost to The Evening Star's appeal, which aims to raise £20,000 for the Suffolk Accident Rescue Service.

Between 100 and 160 people meet on the third Saturday of each month at the Bridgeward Social Club, in Austin Street, Ipswich and organiser Brian Meekings said he was delighted with the amount of money raised.


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He said: "We have donated to the SARS before and we think it's a very worthy cause. Nowadays most of us travel by road and you never know when you might need them.

"Some people travel more than 180 miles to our club and if anything ever happened to them, it's a comfort to know that a doctor will be there within minutes."

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The club has been hosting a wide array of live bands at their Saturday-night events for six years to keep their members, both young and old, dancing through the night.

They have raised a total of £2,000 during the course of the year and are also donating £1,000 to the St Elizabeth Hospice, based in Foxhall Road, Ipswich.

Star editor Nigel Pickover said: "The Bridgeward members are absolutely fantastic and we take our hats off to them for raising so much money for SARS.

"We know how hard it is to raise so much money and for them to do that for SARS, and the St Elizabeth Hospice, is a double victory for the people of Suffolk."

For more information about the club, please call 01473 403345.

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To make a donation to the Save a Life appeal, send cheques to: Geraldine Thompson, Editor's Secretary, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN.

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Let us know of any events arranged to raise money for the SARS by calling the Star's newsdesk on 01473 324788, e-mailing starnews@eveningstar.co.uk or faxing 01473 324850.

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