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Friends and family do their bit

PUBLISHED: 22:30 02 October 2009 | UPDATED: 09:33 11 May 2010

FUNDRAISERS have been doing their bit to boost the funds of the Palliative Care East Appeal.

Maureen Lavender, who lives in Southwold, has raised £2,400 from the production of her booklet Shifting Sands which she wrote in memory of her son, Patrick, who died in September 2004, aged 43.

FUNDRAISERS have been doing their bit to boost the funds of the Palliative Care East Appeal.

Maureen Lavender, who lives in Southwold, has raised £2,400 from the production of her booklet Shifting Sands which she wrote in memory of her son, Patrick, who died in September 2004, aged 43. The money has been used to purchase three syringe drivers.

And a further £440 has also been handed over by the Retired Ambulance Staff which has members from all over the eastern region.

Meanwhile, a sports-mad crowd of 200 wellwishers visited Fitness 2000 in Great Yarmouth to raise £790 in memory of Belton mum-of-two Carla Saunders who died aged 33 in August, less than a year after being diagnosed with cancer.

A series of sessions were arranged including a Vibe class involving cycling and a number of other challenges involving press ups, pull ups and sit ups.

The Carla Saunders fundraising campaign aims to raise £30,000 for the £1.5m appeal fund for a new palliative care centre in the grounds of James Paget University Hospital, which will provide treatment for patients with terminal illnesses. The money raised by Carla's appeal will help to pay for the centre's garden.

A number of other Palliative Care East fundraising events have been planned, including:

October 9, the Moonlite Walk along Lowestoft seafront, leaving from outside the Hotel Victoria at 7pm. There will be food and refreshments, and the cost is £5, with fancy dress optional. There will be a prize for best fancy dress, as well as a cabaret and raffle. Call 01502 572051 for tickets or sponsorship forms.

October 14, autumn splendour at the Conservative Club, in Gorleston, starting at 7pm. Tickets cost £5 and include a glass of wine.

October 18, artist Martin Sexton will be giving a demonstration of his work during a lunch in the Celebration Suite at the James Paget, with guests arriving at 12.30pm. The cost of the two-course meal with tea and coffee is £20 per person.

October 23, Circus Starr will be giving a demonstration of their acrobatic high jinks at Great Yarmouth Racecourse.

To make a donation to the Palliative Care East appeal, visit www.palliative-care-east.org.uk. Cheques made payable to Palliative Care East can be sent to Palliative Care East, Fundraising Office, James Paget University Hospital, Gorleston, NR31 6LA.

To find out more about the event and how you can hold a fundraising event, call co-ordinator Jenny Westgate on 01493 453348.

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