Walking close to a grand total

THE Palliative Care East Appeal has received a boost after two charity events helped to raise a further �4,000 for the good cause.Towards the end of October, the appeal had received �945,000 in donations for a new palliative care centre at the James Paget University Hospital.

THE Palliative Care East Appeal has received a boost after two charity events helped to raise a further �4,000 for the good cause.

Towards the end of October, the appeal had received �945,000 in donations for a new palliative care centre at the James Paget University Hospital. And it continues to edge ever closer to the �1m needed to begin building work for the centre which will provide support for patients and families whose lives are affected by incurable diseases.

Last month, more than 100 people braved wet and windy conditions when they donned fancy dress for the third annual Moonlite Walk.

Community fundraisers Gwen Wicks and Ann Youngman organised the event, which saw walkers made a circular tour from the Hotel Victoria via the Cefas laboratories, Claremont Pier and the Royal Fountains.

In total they helped to raise a total of �3,186, which the two fundraisers recently presented to Jenny Westgate, Palliative Care East Appeal co-ordinator.

Another walking adventure for the appeal took place in September when Elm Tree Middle School teacher Kate Clarke walked from Southwold to Lowestoft in memory of her dad Brian Rackham.

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Kate was joined by her friends Sarah Doherty and Kirsty Bunn, as they walked on what would have been the weekend of Brian's 60th birthday. Kate's aunt Carrie Martindale also ran the Scores race as they joined together for a weekend of fundraising in memory of Brian, who died in January 2008 after a four year fight with prostate cancer.

In total they managed to raise �1,100 for the appeal.