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Pull out all the stops for Vicky

PUBLISHED: 20:02 28 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:56 03 March 2010

WARM-HEARTED Suffolk people are pulling out all the stops to make sure this year's Evening Star Christmas Appeal reaches its target.

Christmas carollers will raise the rafters of Ipswich's All Hallows Church Hall in aid the Vicky Hall Memorial Appeal.

WARM-HEARTED Suffolk people are pulling out all the stops to make sure this year's Evening Star Christmas Appeal reaches its target.

Christmas carollers will raise the rafters of Ipswich's All Hallows Church Hall in aid the Vicky Hall Memorial Appeal.

And in a separate act of generosity, Ipswich businessman Graeme Kalbraier had donated £500 in aid of the appeal.

The father-of-two has a daughter called Victoria and said that Vicky's disappearance and the subsequent gruesome discovery of her naked body hit home.

"Vicky Hall was doing nothing wrong. She was just living a normal life and it would appear that she was extremely unfortunate.

"You could say that it hit home - It could have happened to any family," said Mr Kalbraier, managing director of Direct Motorline, formally Anglia Countrywide.

"I was touched by the story, particularly the way the Star portrayed it. I have been very lucky in my life and I just felt I should contribute."

Mr Kalbraier's donation is in addition to a £5,000 reward that he pledged for information leading the arrest and conviction of Vicky Halls' killer – the total bounty now stands at £10,000.

The 46-year-old self-made businessman also has a son, Robbie, 16, and lives in Playford Road, Ipswich.

Meanwhile, in one of the first seasonal events of its kind, the Ipswich-based Parkside Singers and the Kered Handbell Ringers are putting on 'An Evening of Christmas Music' on December 18 at 7.30pm at the Landseer Road venue.

Refreshments and a Christmas singalong are promised as well as the usual fare of Christmas classics.

Old favourites such as It came upon a midnight clear and In Dulci Jubilo will be included in the heartfelt renditions of Christmas carols, this year given special meaning by the Star's yearly appeal.

With the Vicky Hall Memorial Fund, the Star aims to give a final push to the fund which needs a final £20,000 build a new set of changing rooms for the Trimley Red Devils football team.

Around £13,000 has been raised so far including hundreds of pounds raised recently by Speedworth at Foxhall stadium.

The building would replace a crumbling edifice that currently serves the players in 17-year-old Vicky's home village of Trimley St Mary.

The former Orwell High pupil was last seen alive in the village on September 19, 1999 after a night-out. Her body was found in a water-filled ditch in Creeting St Peter five days later.

Felixstowe businessman Adrian Bradshaw, 27, was found not guilty of her murder on November 19 this year and her killer is still at large.

Admission £2 on the door and children can come free. For details call Carl Leonard on 01473 256259.

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