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Success despite the weather

PUBLISHED: 14:00 16 October 2009 | UPDATED: 14:44 06 July 2010

MORE than 100 people braved wet and windy conditions to help raise more than £2,000 for the Palliative Care East Appeal on Lowestoft seafront.

Many donned fancy dress for the Moonlite Walk, organised by community fundraisers Gwen Wicks and Ann Youngman on Friday.

MORE than 100 people braved wet and windy conditions to help raise more than £2,000 for the Palliative Care East Appeal on Lowestoft seafront.

Many donned fancy dress for the Moonlite Walk, organised by community fundraisers Gwen Wicks and Ann Youngman on Friday.

They set off from the Hotel Victoria, making a circular tour of the promenade via the Cefas laboratories, Claremont Pier, the Royal Fountains and back, Afterwards, they were able to tuck into bacon butties topped up with tea and coffee. There was entertainment for the walkers, and prizes were presented to the best-dressed fundraisers.

In all, a total of £2,239 has been raised, to the delight of Gwen and Ann. They thanked everyone who took part despite the “abominable” weather.

It means that the appeal - for a new palliative care centre in the grounds of the James Paget University Hospital - has moved closer to its £1.5m fundraising target.

The family of Hemsby man Kenneth Harbord, who died aged 79 in July, has raised £665 for the appeal. Mr Harbord's wife Margaret and daughter Angela Molineux helped to collect the money as a thank-you gesture for treatment he had received at the hospital. His funeral took place at Caister on August 7.

Further money has come from the Northern Villages fundraising team, who raised £1,826 from a dinner dance at the Filby Bridge Restaurant, Filby, in September.

Historian John Holmes has given £500 after a successful slide show on wartime Lowestoft organised by the Jack Rose Old Lowestoft Society.

He also presented £300 to the Waveney Hospice Care Team.

Anyone wishing to support the two charities can buy Mr Holmes's books on Old Lowestoft from Waterstone's in Lowestoft, the Spar Shop and Knight Vision in Pakefield.

On Sunday, artist Martin Sexton will demonstrate his skills at the James Paget's Burrage Centre start-ing at 12.30pm, with lunch at 1pm. There will be two courses; cost £20 per person.

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