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Ball sees £13,000 raised for a local hospice in Katie’s memory
A ball organised in memory of a much-loved daughter has raised thousands for St Nicholas Hospice Care.
The black-tie occasion, organised in memory of Katie Minns, took place last month at the Best Western Hotel in Ipswich and has raised a fantastic £13,000.
Katie, who had sarcoma, cancer of the bones, was supported by the hospice before she died in July 2021.
The ball, which included a prosecco reception, four-course meal and a live band, also featured a raffle and auction, which was generously supported by local businesses who donated prizes.
Katie’s Dad, David Minns, said: “The response that we had from the local community in support of Katie and the hospice was incredible, but the event wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for the main instigators – Vince Coomber, Gary Peachey and Emma Gathercole.
“They did all the organising, putting everything together. Also, the generosity of the Cameron Hotels group and Bryan Keane, who also helped to make the event the tremendous success it turned out to be.”
The funds raised by the event will help the hospice continue to provide care and support for those facing dying, caring and grief across West Suffolk and Thetford.
George Chilvers, St Nicholas Hospice Care’s community fundraising manager, said: “On behalf of everyone at St Nicholas Hospice, I would like to thank David and all of Katie’s family and friends and everyone who supported the ball. So many people came together to help create such a special occasion.
“We are so grateful for your support. The incredible sum you have raised will help us support other families facing dying, caring, and grief and you have also helped raise vital awareness for the work St Nicholas Hospice Care does. Thank you.”