Mum and daughter to host charity gig for hospice

Anne Ashford and her daughter Deborah Middleditch have planned a charity gig to raise funds for St Nicholas Hospice Care.   Pictured with the band Counterfeit Kings  -  Marcus Volkert, Will Harvey, Ed Harvey, Kieran Leeks and Lloyd Whittaker.
Anne Ashford and her daughter Deborah Middleditch have planned a charity gig to raise funds for St Nicholas Hospice Care. Pictured with the band Counterfeit Kings - Marcus Volkert, Will Harvey, Ed Harvey, Kieran Leeks and Lloyd Whittaker.
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A mother and daughter are organising a special event to raise money for a charity that provided care to two of their closest family members.

When Anne Ashford’s daughter Julie Mackie died from cancer last year, it was within six months of Anne losing husband Ivan to the same disease.

Julie, who had ovarian cancer, was cared for in St Nicholas Hospice Care, Bury St Edmunds, while her father, who had pancreatic cancer, received support at home from the community hospice team.

As a way of saying thank you, Anne and daughter Deborah Middleditch, from Bury, have planned a charity gig at the British Sugar Sports and Social Club, in Hollow Road, starting at 7.30pm on June 8.

Anne said: “They would have thoroughly enjoyed it. My husband liked to dance and to enjoy himself and so did my daughter.”

She added: “It’s something I feel the hospice deserves. They were very good with us.”

Deborah, 48, said it was “eye-opening” to see the effort hospice staff put into making her sister’s stays there as pleasant as possible.

“We’ve got to do what we can because the hospice rely on public donations and I don’t think people realise what they do,” she said.

Her son Kieran Leeks, 21, will perform live music on the night with fellow Counterfeit Kings band members Edd and Will Harvey, Marcus Volkert and Lloyd Whittaker, who all attended King Edward VI School together.

There will also be a buffet, DJ and a raffle, for which prizes would be welcomed.

Barclays, Deborah’s employer, has agreed to match-fund whatever gets raised. Tickets cost £7.50 each. Call 07572 525295 or 07799 883946.