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Dig out your blue suede shoes and get all shook up and help raise charity funds

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Dig out your blue suede shoes and get all shook up and help raise charity funds

A spectacular tribute show looks set to hit all the right notes as it returns for the fourth time in a bid to boost charity funds.

The popular St Nic’s Does Elvis and Neil Diamond event will take place on Saturday, 19 November, and tickets are now on sale for the occasion.

Taking place at St Edmundsbury Masonic Centre, Eastern Way, Bury St Edmunds, the night raises much-needed funds for St Nicholas Hospice Care and is organised by a dedicated team of fundraisers led by John Maxim.

John, who started supporting St Nic’s around 30 years ago, said: “It’s always a brilliant night, and it is fantastic to see so many people come together and enjoy themselves while raising funds for the Hospice.

“Fisher Stevens, our Elvis and Neil Diamond, is recognised internationally as a star, he’s award-winning, and he really puts on a fantastic show. After our event, he’ll be off around the world performing, China and America, he goes all over.”

John’s support of the hospice began after a good friend who the charity had supported passed away. His fundraising started with treks in Jordan and the Himalayas, and then alongside others; he helped to organise the Beer, Bands and Beat It events, which raised more than £11,000.

However, after bad weather halted the second Beer, Bands and Beat It, part way through, it was decided indoor events would be a better option. After seeing Fisher Stevens at a Freemasons event, John asked him if he would perform.

John, who also lends a hand at the Hospice’s Girls Night Out, said: “I’m not the biggest Elvis fan, but as I sat watching Fisher for the first time, I realised how good he was, and I knew he’d be great at an event for the hospice. I asked him if he’d come and perform in Bury St Edmunds, he said yes, and then he’s been coming back ever since.”

The first year a wonderful £8,550 was raised by St Nic’s Does Elvis, and then after that, the music of Neil Diamond was quickly added to the billing, and so far, more than £45,000 has been raised.

Miranda McCoy, the Hospice’s Philanthropy Officer, said: “If you want a great night out, there is truly no better event to come to. Great food, fantastic entertainment and plenty of fun.

“We have a few tables to spare, but please book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. This may be your last chance to attend this event in its current format!

“A massive thank you to John for his tireless efforts in aid of St Nic’s, and thank you to his wife Denise and all the event’s supporters.

“The hospice relies so much on events such as this to raise the vital funds we need to keep caring for people at the most difficult times of their lives. Please support us by getting your tickets and coming along to what will be a wonderful night.”

Tickets for St Nic’s Does Elvis and Neil Diamond, which starts at 7pm and finishes at midnight, cost £40 and include a delicious two-course meal catered by Roff Caterers. There is also a raffle and auction, both of which feature some amazing prizes. There will also be a disco.

“Please get your tickets, come along, have a great time and support a good cause,” added John.

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.