Women make a splash for charity

WOMEN took to the water for series of fun events in Suffolk to support people suffering from cancer.

WOMEN took to the water for series of fun events in Suffolk to support people suffering from cancer.

The Ladies Water Challenge was held on Saturday at Alton Water near Ipswich, where there was the chance for fundraisers to try their hand at canoeing, windsurfing and sailing.

It is hoped the combined sponsorship from the 27 ladies taking part will raise around £5,000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care, which provides free nursing to patients and carers in Suffolk.

The participants, including a team from Mid Suffolk District Council, enjoyed learning new skills under expert tuition in small groups during a physically demanding day.

Angela Bussey, a community fundraiser for Suffolk and Norfolk, said: “They had a fabulous day and the weather was really good so that helped.

“The turnout was great and the aim of the day was for people to have as much fun as possible and I think we achieved that. Hopefully they will come back next year.

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“I would like to thank all the staff at Alton Water who gave up their time and services free of charge.”

The charity helps people who are suffering from cancer achieve their wish of dying at home, and it also operates ten hospices. For more information about the charity, visit www.mariecurie.org.uk.

Have you taken to the water in aid of charity? Write to Your Letters, The Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send us an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk