A Bury St Edmunds couple are preparing to run the London Marathon and organise a ball in aid of a vital charity in the town.
John and Katy Frith aim to raise £5,000 for St Nicholas Hospice Care from the marathon aswell as through an Easter charity ball in April and other events.
The ball will feature a silent auction and raffle and they are appealing for businesses to donate prizes such as days out, trips and one-off experiences.
Mrs Frith, 37, said: “Some businesses have been very generous to us already, but we are keen to have a good number of prizes on offer to help us to raise as much money as possible.”
She said examples of potential prizes they would be seeking include a family photo shoot by a professional photographer and a meal at a restaurant.
Her husband, 48, is a police officer and also an artist with his animal themed paintings on display at The Lounge, in Hatter Street. They plan to auction one of his paintings at the ball.
Meanwhile, Mrs Frith will hold baking days at Havebury Housing Partnership, where she works.
The couple are first time marathon runners and are busy training.
Mr Frith said: “I’ve watched the London Marathon on television every year and thought I would do it one year.
“This year we both applied for ballot places: I was successful but Katy wasn’t.
“Katy said she would help me with the training anyway and also applied to the hospice for a marathon place. She was lucky enough to get one.”
His wife added: “I was chuffed to bits to get a place with the hospice and I’m happy to run for it as it’s a charity which touches so many lives.”
The ball will be held at the Athenaeum on April 4. Ball tickets cost £45 including a two course meal, welcome drink and band, or £300 for a table of eight. For tickets or to donate a raffle or auction prize, contact Mrs Frith on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07900438002.
To sponsor them visit www.justgiving.com/Frithys
To see Mr Frith’s artwork visit www.facebook.com/artbyfrithy