Hospice volunteer in Bury St Edmunds to hold fund-raising concert as she marks her 70th birthday

Pamela Bailey
Pamela Bailey

St Nicholas Hospice Care volunteer Pamela Bailey from Bury St Edmunds, will mark her 70th birthday with a Churchgate Sinfonia fund-raising concert on September 21 at 7.30pm at St Johns Church.

Pamela has volunteered at the hospice for 13 years.

Pamela Bailey

Pamela Bailey

She works mainly in the day centre helping with Headstart, which supports people who have suffered hair loss; Open House sessions, which give patients an idea of the services offered by the hospice; and the Positive Living group, which aims to equip patients and carers with coping strategies.

Pamela also works as a Family Support Assistant.

with the Community Hospice Team – which treats people in their own homes.

“These are my last few days at the age of 69 and I will soon be tipping over into three score and 10 years - not that it is a great age today, but any excuse for a celebration,” said Pamela.

“I have decided to celebrate with Churchgate Sinfonia by putting on a concert in aid of the hospice.

“In my other life I am a musician: I play the bassoon and have been doing so for nigh on 55 years – with some improvement I hasten to add.”

She will be playing the bassoon in the concert.

“It would be lovely to have a packed house. Anyone who comes to the concert will be helping the hospice, hear a very good local orchestra and me playing the bassoon,” said Pamela.

The programme will include: Overture Fingels Cave, Mendlessohn; Symphony No 1, Beethoven; Theme and Variations for Bassoon and Orchestra by F Godfrey; Lucy Long and Sinfonia Concertante.

Tickets cost £10 each (£8 concessions) and are available from Balaam’s Music, in Risbygate Street.