Maize boosts charity appeal

SOMEWHERE in the depths of Sutton Hoo a maize maze is growing which will reap rewards for a Suffolk cancer charity.And one lucky youngster could win family tickets to the massive maze – just by guessing the shape of it.

SOMEWHERE in the depths of Sutton Hoo a maize maze is growing which will reap rewards for a Suffolk cancer charity.

And one lucky youngster could win family tickets to the massive maze – just by guessing the shape of it.

Last year's maze raised thousands of pounds for Cancer Campaign in Suffolk (CCIS) and the Evening Star's Raise the Roof campaign.

Grown in the shape of the famous Sutton Hoo helmet, families came from miles around to get lost in it.


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Constructed and designed by Sutton Hoo produce they are at it again this year and the new maze is set in 10 acres of crops with two miles of pathways.

But the shape of this year's maze is a secret and children up to the age of 12 can enter the competition to guess what shape they think it is likely to be.

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Gina Cooper from CCIS would only give one clue – it is still connected with the Sutton Hoo theme.

All the money will be put towards developing a cancer education and information centre at Ipswich Hospital.

More than £300,000 was needed to build the centre and since 1998 CCIS had raised around £200,000. Last April the Evening Star pledged to help raise the final £100,000.

The target was reached earlier this year but members of the charity and Ipswich Hospital were stunned when they were told they may have to pay VAT on the new building, costing a further £60,000. Negotiations are still ongoing.

The centre will be there for the whole community giving advice about spotting the early signs of cancer, how to avoid it, forms of treatment and financial benefits that could be available to patients.

There will also be private rooms where family members or carers can talk to consultants.

Money is still being raised for the centre and fundraising is still underway.

Ms Cooper said: "With one in three people developing cancer there is always a need to fund education, diagnosis and information.

"Events like the maze help tremendously, not only raising money but also raising awareness.

"The maze is supporting Cancer Campaign in Suffolk and by doing that is automatically raising awareness."

It is hoped that the new maize will be open to the public by mid-July.

n. To enter the competition send your idea of what shape you think the maze may be, along with your name, age, address and phone number to Cancer Campaign in Suffolk, PO Box 100, Badingham, Woodbridge, IP13 8NJ by Friday July 9.

The winner will be the one first picked out of the correct entries and six runners up will receive t-shirts. The competition is open to youngsters under 12.

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