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What Katie did next was raise £1,465 for Hospice
When Katie Byford’s grandfather was diagnosed with terminal cancer in September, he asked if she would organise an event for charity.
But Peter Jolly, 75, had no idea the 17-year-old would raise nearly £1,500 for St Nicholas Hospice Care.
Katie, a student at Long Road Sixth Form College, in Cambridge, decided to hold a family disco at Cheveley Road Club, in Newmarket, and immediately started writing to local and national businesses and organisations asking for raffle prize donations.
Prizes included a signed football from Arsenal, a picture from Manchester United, Cambridge United tickets, a meal at Bedford Lodge and Newmarket Racecourse tickets.
Katie, of Tannersfield Way, Newmarket, said: “My target was to raise more than a previous event in June last year, which made £940 for Arthur Rank Hospice. I couldn’t believe how much more we raised this time though. My granddad was really proud of me.”
Miranda McCoy, St Nicholas Hospice Care Community Fundraiser, said: “Katie must have worked so hard to have raised this much, so I would like to say an enormous thank you on the Hospice’s behalf to her and to everyone who supported the event.
“Donations such as this make an enormous difference to the Hospice and help it to continue supporting people facing long-term and life-threatening illnesses and their families.”