Birthday generosity aids hospice

Cheque Presentation to St Nicholas Hospice Care for over �13,000.''Pictured: Polly Kent (Who's sister died at the Hospice), Ric Groves (Who raised the money in a number of ways, which included auctioning off a jacket worn by Daniel Craig in Casino Royal) and Abby Mayes from St Nicholas Hospice Care
Cheque Presentation to St Nicholas Hospice Care for over �13,000.''Pictured: Polly Kent (Who's sister died at the Hospice), Ric Groves (Who raised the money in a number of ways, which included auctioning off a jacket worn by Daniel Craig in Casino Royal) and Abby Mayes from St Nicholas Hospice Care

A BIRTHDAY bash by a Bury St Edmunds businessman has raised more than £13,000 for St Nicholas Hospice Care.

Ric Groves, who runs So Bar in Langton Place and The Gym in Risbygate Street, staged a party for his 40th birthday at the Unitarian Meeting House in Bury.

He chose to raise the funds in memory of his close friend Cloé Gibney who died last month from cancer and who was cared for by the hospice.

Ric’s party also included an auction and among the prizes were a book signed by TV chef Jamie Oliver and a jacket worn by Daniel Craig in Casino Royale and Daniel’s iconic Omega Planet Oceon watch.

Ric handed over the money to the hospice last week and said: “I was pretty astounded really to have raised this much and would like to say a massive thank you to all the businesses who gave auction prizes, the bands who played for free and of course the generous people who cam along to the party.”

Cloé was just 31 when she lost her battle with cancer. She leaves a young son Eddie aged six.

Abbey Mayes, corporate fund-raiser said: “This is a real testament to how much people loved Cloé.”