Sunshine and Showers

Sunshine and Showers

max temp: 6°C

min temp: 0°C

Search

Holywells Park vintage tea party to support St Elizabeth Hospice in memory of loving dad

PUBLISHED: 11:37 13 September 2017 | UPDATED: 11:50 13 September 2017

Marie Holder and Christina Wise are holding a Vintage tea party in memory of Andy Wise for the benefit of St Elizabeth Hospice on September 17 at the conservatory in Holywells Park.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Marie Holder and Christina Wise are holding a Vintage tea party in memory of Andy Wise for the benefit of St Elizabeth Hospice on September 17 at the conservatory in Holywells Park. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Archant

The annual vintage tea party has been set for Holywells Park in Ipswich this weekend to support St Elizabeth Hospice in memory of a loving father and husband.

Christina and Andy Wise with their children Oliver and GraceChristina and Andy Wise with their children Oliver and Grace

Dad-of-two Andy Wise lost his battle with kidney cancer in April 2014.

He spent nine weeks at St Elizabeth Hospice in Foxhall Road before his death, where the cause also offered invaluable support to his wife Christina and two children Oliver and Grace.

With his stay estimated to have cost around £30,000, Mrs Wise was determined to raise that amount for the cause.

But remarkably fundraising events organised by the family have raised more than £40,000 to date, with the vintage tea party this Sunday the latest set to boost the hospice.

Christina Wise and Bev have previously held vintage tea parties to raise money for St Elizabeth HospiceChristina Wise and Bev have previously held vintage tea parties to raise money for St Elizabeth Hospice

Mrs Wise, now 43, said: “We are really excited, we are hoping it will be something people come along to because they know of the hospice and us, but also people coming through the park that can pop in for a cup of tea.

“This will be the third vintage tea party we have done and we hope it will be bigger and better than ever.”

Ipswich Borough Council has donated the venue for free, with the afternoon running from 2-4.30pm set to feature teas, coffees and cakes, face painting, children’s activities, tombola, 1940s-themed quartet performing and dancing.

In its first year it raised £300, while last year’s second event gathered £1,000 for the hospice.

Fundraising activities form a crucial part of the hospice’s funding, with Mrs Wise having first hand experience of just how important the cause is to the community.

“It’s something me and my children love to do,” Mrs Wise, herself an ambassador for the charity said.

“We feel we can give back because they give so much to the community.

She added: “We cannot describe how important they were – they became our second family and they wrapped their hands around us.

“It was very hard work but we have got very fond memories of the hospice and the support they gave to me and to the family as a whole. You cannot put a price on that.”

For those who are unable to make the event but still wish to support it, a fundraising page is open here.

Anyone who wishes to help with the event can contact Mrs Wise on 07900 934477.

A fraudster cheated the system to illegally sub-let her council home for her own “greedy profit” - and then bought it at a huge discount, a court heard.

Today people from all around the country will be pulling on a silly sweater and getting into the festive spirit in aid of the Save the Children charity.

Retailers in Ipswich say they feel betrayed by Ipswich Borough Council (IBC) for giving the go ahead to a christmas craft market, at a time when many stores are battling to stay afloat.

A holiday cottage owner has credited her success in a national award scheme to her staff - who judges say are like ‘gold dust’.

Midge Ure, one of the prime innovators of 1980s electronic pop, will be marking the 40th anniversary of Ultravox and the hit album Vienna with a special tour. Arts Editor Andrew Clarke takes a walk down an atmospheric memory lane

A man collecting his laundry was sprung upon by an unknown man in an attempted robbery.

New research has revealed vast differences in the broadband speeds being experienced by internet users across Suffolk.

Today the luxury candle market is booming, and while it’s still dominated by giants like Yankee Candle, which takes up 46% of the market, a number of smaller firms are lighting up the sector too - especially in the festive season.

A substance misuse service for people across Suffolk has been rated ‘good’ by health inspectors.

Suffolk’s primary schools have seen a boost in their Key Stage 2 results - although the county is still behind the national average.

Most read

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Ipswich Star daily newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24