When Guy Hutchins signed up to run the London Marathon in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care, he had no idea of the fun he would have fund-raising.
On Saturday, the 44-year-old from Moreton Hall hosted a sell-out charity party at The Suffolk Hotel, in Fornham St Genevieve, featuring ‘for one night only’ The Burlesque Dance Crew.
This comprised 13 of his friends from LA Fitness, with their debut show - choreographed by Alex Beale - the highlight of the night for many.
“The girls all looked stunning and their performance was breathtaking,” said Guy.
“It was absolutely phenomenal. None of the girls are trained dancers, but that didn’t stop the crowd going wild as they performed their seductive dance routine to Christina Aguilera’s Lady Marmalade.”
Then followed a spoof version of Gangnam Style, where Guy joined the girls for a comedy routine that ‘had the audience in stitches’.
On the night, Jenny Baskett, from the hospice, was presented with a cheque for £2,500, but proceeds from the party finally topped out at £2,561.
A number of Bury St Edmunds businesses donated a collection of prizes for use in the night’s raffle and auction.
“They helped this popular event become a roaring success,” said Guy, grateful for their support.
This year will be Guy’s second marathon for the hospice in Bury but, since his father, Peter, spent the last three weeks of his life there, Guy has felt the need to repay the kindness they showed his family.
He said: “The warmth, love and care they showed my Dad as they nursed him really touched me and, seven years on, I still feel I owe them a debt of gratitude.”
He added: “In our small community, most people have had a relative, or know someone, that has passed through the hospice and so everyone has the highest regard for the amazing work that they do, and the love, respect and compassion that both the patients and relatives receive.”
It costs more than £14,000 a day to run the hospice, with £11,000 of that raised through fund-raising such as Guy’s.
To support Guy’s marathon effort, and to see more pictures or watch video footage of the charity party, go to www.justgiving.com/guyz2013
The 13-strong Burlesque Dance Crew consisted of Jennie Limniotis, Helen Snazell, Becki Sheridan, Roz Prior and Clare Steadman, as well as Chris Alderton, Vicki Ayliffe, Claire Braker-Finch, Sue Clark, Jenny Vaughan, Alex Beale, Anita Crawford and Teresa Jones.
Local companies who donated prizes for the event include the Angel Hotel, Bliss, Boots, Cineworld, Debbie Reynolds, Flhair, Jamie Garrod, Javelin and Hughes TV & Audio.
The Lounge, Mark Jillings, Muffin Break, Odyssey, Really Rather Good, Suffolk Hotel, Scandinavia Coffee House, SK Clinic, Teresa Jones, The Beauty Room, Waitrose, Valley Connection and Zen Noodle Bar also donated.
Burlesque picture courtesy of Allison Johnson Pictures