Make a 977 call!

PUBLISHED: 11:40 10 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:01 03 March 2010

977 are the numbers to use!

All customers at Ipswich and Norwich Co-operative stores have to do, is quote the number and their dividend will boost this year's Evening Star appeal at Christmas.

977 are the numbers to use!

All customers at Ipswich and Norwich Co-operative stores have to do, is quote the number and their dividend will boost this year's Evening Star appeal at Christmas.

The Vicky Hall Memorial project is the fifth Star appeal which the Ipswich and Norwich Co-operative Society has backed with its 977 number – and this year, the money raised will be split equally between that fund and the enduring Terri Calvesbert Appeal.

More than £20,000 has been raised by customers in previous years – an average of £5,000 per appeal.

The Co-op kick-started this year's fundraising today with a cheque for £500 to the Vicky Hall memorial project and £500 to the Terri Calvesbert appeal.

Members of staff, managers and Co-op president Beryl Fulcher presented the cheques to Star editor Nigel Pickover at the Rosehill Centre store in Felixstowe Road, Ipswich.

Mrs Fulcher said: "We are delighted to support these two very special Evening Star appeals, and once again we hope our members will support them by using the special dividend number 977."

Mr Pickover said: "Customers who use this number will be contributing to two heart-warming appeals which will both help worthy causes in our community.

"The new pavilion in Trimley will have a lot to offer the community, and Vicky's name will live on through people using it. This is one way of making sure that people never forget the tragedy of a young life lost.

"Meanwhile, Terri Calvesbert is growing up fast and the amazing amount of money raised will one day enable her to live independently if she wants to – what greater gift can the generous people of Suffolk give her?"

The Vicky Hall memorial project aims to raise the final £20,000 for a new brick pavilion to replace the current dilapidated wooden buildings that serve as the clubhouse and changing rooms for the Trimley Red Devils football team.

The parents of Vicky, who was murdered in September 1999, Graham and Lorinda Hall know what a great asset the new hall would be for a grieving community.

They seem stunned by the amount of support and fundraising by people to boost the cash in the Vicky Hall Memorial Appeal. So far more than £57,000 has been raised for the fund.

The new pavilion is expected to cost around £200,000, and it is hoped that the National Lottery will match the amount already raised to help reach the target.

The new brick building will have four changing rooms with showers toilets a first aid area and a kitchen that can actually be used, unlike the vandalised current one.

The Terri Calvesbert Appeal was started within days of a Chantry flat fire in November 1998.

Little Terri suffered 85 per cent burns and we aimed to raise £5,000 to help her in the future.

Donations have flooded in ever since as more and more people want to show how much they care.

* If you would like to help the Vicky Hall Memorial Appeal, you can do so by sending in your donation to Geraldine Thompson, editor's secretary, The Evening Star, 30, Lower Brook Street, Ipswich. IP4 1AN. Cheques made payable to the Vicky Hall Memorial Fund, please.

If you are holding a fund-raising event or sponsored activities for the appeal let us know – and we will help you in any way we can. Please contact Richard Cornwell, Felixstowe newsdesk, 01394 284109.

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