Pub event raises money for appeal

REGULARS in an Ipswich pub were today celebrating after raising an estimated £400 for The Evening Star's Somebody's Daughter memorial fund.The Grinning Rat dedicated a day of fun-filled activities on Sunday to the appeal.

REGULARS in an Ipswich pub were today celebrating after raising an estimated £400 for The Evening Star's Somebody's Daughter memorial fund.

The Grinning Rat dedicated a day of fun-filled activities on Sunday to the appeal.

The St Helen's Street pub hosted a car boot sale, a bouncy castle, barbecue and a raffle, before live music from Ian Wallis, The Haiden Grigor Band, The Back Porch Band, Skreworm, Hot Rod and DJ 'D' entertain drinkers.

Landlady Clare Coggrave said she and landlord Trevor Whinney held the event with the support of regulars.

She added: “Everybody knows someone affected by the murders and we wanted to do our bit to help provide the girls on the street with the support they need.

“I think the Somebody's Daughter charity is a brilliant idea and I'd like to thank everybody who donated raffle prizes to today's event. ”

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Somebody's Daughter was launched in conjunction with Ipswich Borough Council in the wake of the killings of Gemma Adams, Tania Nicol, Anneli Alderton, Annette Nicholls and Paula Clennell last December.

The appeal is seeking to raise enough money to open a safe house where those embroiled in prostitution and drugs can seek support and guidance.

Donations to the memorial fund can be made online at www.eveningstar.co.uk, in person at Ipswich Borough Council's customer service centre in the Town Hall, by calling 01473 433777, or by sending a cheque, made payable to Somebody's Daughter Memorial Fund, to PO Box 772, Ipswich Borough Council, Grafton House, 15-17 Russell Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 2DE.

Were you at The Grinning Rat? What did you think of the day? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send us an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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