Sister act to raise money for hospice

FOUR sisters are hoping the music of pop giants Freddie Mercury and Rod Stewart will give a boost to their fundraising in memory of their dad.Earlier this year the quartet raised more than £5,500 for the St Elizabeth Hospice to thank the charity for the "amazing and wonderful" care it gave their father as he was dying from cancer.

FOUR sisters are hoping the music of pop giants Freddie Mercury and Rod Stewart will give a boost to their fundraising in memory of their dad.

Earlier this year the quartet raised more than £5,500 for the St Elizabeth Hospice to thank the charity for the "amazing and wonderful" care it gave their father as he was dying from cancer.

Felixstowe businessman Jeff Page, who ran Happi Pets, died just a couple of months after the disease was diagnosed.

Now his family is hoping to raise another big sum for the hospice in Ipswich by staging a special cabaret evening on Saturday .

The event will take place at Felixstowe Beach Caravan Park from 7.30pm until midnight and feature a double cabaret with a Freddie Mercury and Rod Stewart tribute acts.

The night will also feature the Smooth Groovers Disco, buffet, raffle and fully licensed bar.

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The event is being organised by Mr Page's daughters, Lorraine Claydon, Sonia Mayes, Donna Eccleston and Mandi Abbott.

Mrs Eccleston said: "We were all so thrilled with what we were able to raise before - it was just amazing the way it all came together.

"We decided we would like to do something again for the hospice and we are hoping it will be a really good night and raise a large sum.

"We still have a few tickets left and it would be so lovely if it was a sell out because it is such a good cause. It's been hard work but we have all really enjoyed doing it."

After Mr Page died, the family immediately decided they wanted to do something in his memory to thank those who had cared for him.

They raised £5,500 in just four months after Lorraine and Sonia both did a sponsored parachute jump, while Donna and Mandi organised a sell-out cabaret evening for 250 people, featuring a draw and a Robbie Williams tribute act.

Mr Page, who left a widow Eileen, ran Happi Pets in Grange Road, for 15 years. Sonia and Mandi are now carrying on the business.

He was diagnosed with cancer last November after complaining of pains in his arms and neck which doctors had first thought was arthritis.

He was having treatment for arthritis when a specialist suddenly suggested a scan, which then detected the cancer. But there was little doctors could do as the disease had already taken hold and was still spreading.

n Tickets for the cabaret evening are £12.50 and can be purchased from Happi Pets, 56 Grange Road, Felixstowe.

n Has the work of the St Elizabeth Hospice touched your life? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail EveningStarLetters@eveningstar.co.uk

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