Sisters raise £9,000 for hospice

SISTERS who have raised more than £9,000 for equipment for the St Elizabeth Hospice in memory of their dad are staging another event this weekend.Lorraine Claydon, Sonia Mayes, Donna Eccleston and Mandi Abbott raised the money because they wanted to thank the hospice for the care it gave their father, Felixstowe businessman Jeff Page, while he was dying from cancer.

SISTERS who have raised more than £9,000 for equipment for the St Elizabeth Hospice in memory of their dad are staging another event this weekend.

Lorraine Claydon, Sonia Mayes, Donna Eccleston and Mandi Abbott raised the money because they wanted to thank the hospice for the care it gave their father, Felixstowe businessman Jeff Page, while he was dying from cancer.

So far money has been used to buy the wards at the hospice in Foxhall Road, Ipswich, ten television sets, a washing machine and drier, six reclining chairs and other equipment.

On Saturday the sisters are staging an evening of entertainment at Felixstowe Beach Holiday Park in Walton Avenue, Felixstowe, with Steve the Hat Man, a singer and comedian.


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The evening - which starts at 7.30pm - will also feature a buffet, disco and a fundraising raffle.

Mandi said: “We wanted to do something a bit different and Steve is an excellent entertainer - it should be a really great evening. “We are thrilled with the money we have been able to raise so far and the tremendous support we have had from everyone. It would be great to get the total past the £10,000 barrier.”

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They have held two special cabaret nights, a clairvoyance evening, which raised £1,000, and Lorraine and Sonia both did a sponsored parachute jump.

Mr Page, who ran Happi Pets in Grange Road, Felixstowe, was diagnosed with cancer in November 2003 and died a couple of months later. He left a widow Eileen, and the family are carrying on running the business.

He was diagnosed after complaining of pains in his arms and neck, which doctors first thought was arthritis. He was having treatment for arthritis when a specialist suggested a scan which detected the cancer.

He died in January last year.

n. Tickets are selling well but there are still some left from Happi Pets on 01394 273961, Sonya on 0779 502 6239 or Mandi on 0788 445 4451.

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 you can e-mail EveningStarLetters@eveningstar.co.uk

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