Fun day thank you to St Nicholas Hospice Care

Bury Morris Dancers entertain the crowds ANL-160515-212131009
Bury Morris Dancers entertain the crowds ANL-160515-212131009

When Clare Black saw what St Nicholas Hospice Care was doing for her friend John Birch, she decided she had to raise money for it.

So the family fun day at Honington and Sapiston Village Hall on Sunday was her second fund raising effort and has raised £4,000, with more to come, to add to the £1,800 she raised doing the Great North Run in September.

Visitors enjoy the day ANL-160515-212237009

Visitors enjoy the day ANL-160515-212237009

Clare said: “The care they gave him in the last weeks of his life and the care they’re continuing to give his wife and daughter is amazing.

“I’d never been to a hospice until he was there and I couldn’t believe what they did for him and are still doing.

“The first evening I went in, I felt I had to do something and fund raise.”

So, Sunday’s event saw the Honington Military Wives’ Choir and Bury Morris Dancers bringing music to the crowds, if they wanted to take a break from the bungee run, obstacle course and bouncy castle.

Nick Parish takes his turn in the stocks ANL-160515-212204009

Nick Parish takes his turn in the stocks ANL-160515-212204009

The village hall was filled with stalls and there was a brickologist showing children how to get the best from Lego and exhibiting some of his masterpieces.

There was a raffle, with prizes donated by local businesses, which was started by former Ipswich Town legend John Warks, who also brought along a signed Ipswich Town shirt which raised £100.

John Birch had been an ardent Ipswich Town fan and John Warks, who had played in the UEFA cup winning team, was his hero, so his wife Jo tracked the player down. He visited her husband at the hospice on his birthday a couple of weeks before he died.

Clare said: “He has kept in touch and was happy to come along.”

Wolf-Cub Watson, 9, is prepared for fun ANL-160515-212215009

Wolf-Cub Watson, 9, is prepared for fun ANL-160515-212215009

Clare is now trying to work out what her fund raiser will be for next year.