Raft of donations including hundreds of pairs of curtains for St Nicholas Hospice Care

Andrew Green, St Nicholas Hospice Care Van Driver; Julie Roy, Hospice Finance Director; Darren Devine, Hospice Retail Centre and Distribution Manager; Stephanie Callen, Flagship Media and PR Manager and Paul Ellis, Flagship Community Ranger ANL-141021-124150001
Andrew Green, St Nicholas Hospice Care Van Driver; Julie Roy, Hospice Finance Director; Darren Devine, Hospice Retail Centre and Distribution Manager; Stephanie Callen, Flagship Media and PR Manager and Paul Ellis, Flagship Community Ranger ANL-141021-124150001

A vital Bury St Edmunds charity has received a raft of donations including one rather unual gift - hundreds of pairs of curtains.

St Nicholas Hospice Care received 362 pairs of curtains from Flagship housing association after it replaced all the curtains in its student accommodation building Tripos Court, in Cambridge.

St Nicholas Hospice Care fund-raisers Jordan Hughes, Abby Mayes and Caroline Tatum take the heat ANL-141021-123839001

St Nicholas Hospice Care fund-raisers Jordan Hughes, Abby Mayes and Caroline Tatum take the heat ANL-141021-123839001

The charity, which has to raise £11,000 every day to fund its services, runs a textiles recycling scheme and will be able to earn money from the donation by either selling or recycling the curtains.

Ian Daniels, head of retail at the hospice, said: “The hospice always needs donations of unwanted clothes and textiles.

“Many people do not realise that as well as items we can sell in our shops, we also accept donations of old and worn textiles, clothing and footwear, because these can also earn the hospice income.”

Meanwhile, the hospice has also recently received a number of cash donations.

Mildenhall Marvels team celebrate raising more than �12,000 for St Nicholas Hospice Care ANL-141021-124706001

Mildenhall Marvels team celebrate raising more than �12,000 for St Nicholas Hospice Care ANL-141021-124706001

Clothes shop Javelin, in Abbeygate Street, Bury, brought in £1,684.22 for the charity through its 25th anniversary celebrations which featured a fashion show and raffle.

Lizzie Cross, the charity’s corporate fund-raiser, said: “Fund-raising such as this makes a big difference to the hospice.

“We would not be able to continue offering vital care to people facing long-term and life-threatening illnesses without the support of the community.”

An 86-strong team from Mildenhall Slimming World raised a further £12,267.28 after taking part in the hospice’s Girls Night Out walk.

Lizzie Cross, St Nicholas Hospice Care corporate fund-raiser, receives funds raised at a birthday celebration and raffle from Jeremy Clayton and Jane Lord, of Javelin ANL-141021-125020001

Lizzie Cross, St Nicholas Hospice Care corporate fund-raiser, receives funds raised at a birthday celebration and raffle from Jeremy Clayton and Jane Lord, of Javelin ANL-141021-125020001

Overall the walk raised an estimated £150,000 with 1,500 women taking part in the sixth annual event.

A quiz night has been organised by Rickinghall Area Hospice Fund-raisers at Hinderclay village hall tonight at 7pm.

For tickets, which cost £8 and include a finger buffet, call June Shepherd 01379 898450 or June Hart on 01379 897180. Participants are invited to bring their own bottle.