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My WiSH Charity's Butterfly Appeal boosted by Zumbathon, magical event and quiz night




Whoops and cheers will ring through CurveMotion, in Bury St Edmunds, later this month as fitness fans gather for a two-and-a-half hour charity Zumbathon.

The March 27 event is in aid of My WiSH Charity’s £340,000 Butterfly Appeal, to raise funds for a dedicated space at West Suffolk Hospital for end-of-life patients and loved ones.

The £340,000 appeal will create an indoor space within a courtyard ‘butterfly garden’.

AZumbathon will be taking place at Curve Motion in aid of myWiSH Butterfly Appeal..Pictured: Zumba instructors Alex Beale and Joanna Brown with Sally Daniels (MyWish Appeals Manager) ...PICTURE: Mecha Morton .... (30703850)
AZumbathon will be taking place at Curve Motion in aid of myWiSH Butterfly Appeal..Pictured: Zumba instructors Alex Beale and Joanna Brown with Sally Daniels (MyWish Appeals Manager) ...PICTURE: Mecha Morton .... (30703850)

Zumba instructors Jo Brown, Alexandra Beale and Josie Sparkes-Houghton will lead the Zumbathon, from 7.30-10pm.

Tickets cost £10, spectators are welcome in return for a donation and the playframe will be open for under 12s at a reduced price of £2.

Tickets are available from instructors, on the door, or call Jo on 07851962112.

Nic Beeby, Sally Daniels and Robert Williams at the Butterfly Appeal Spectacle of Light proceeds cheque handover (30592307)
Nic Beeby, Sally Daniels and Robert Williams at the Butterfly Appeal Spectacle of Light proceeds cheque handover (30592307)

- A magical after-dark event has raised hundreds towards the Butterfly Appeal.

Haughley Park’s inaugural Spectacle of Light last month raised £1,650.

Visitors were invited to make a donation then make a wish, with contributors buying a ribbon to tie on a wishing tree at the end of an illuminated trail.

Pictured is Nigel Cross, a committee member of the Moreton Hall Community Centre with quiz organiser Steve Baxter. (30604098)
Pictured is Nigel Cross, a committee member of the Moreton Hall Community Centre with quiz organiser Steve Baxter. (30604098)

Robert Williams, Haughley Park owner, said: “This is the first time we have held this event and it seems to have sparked such a wonderful response.”

Visitors were taken on a magical walk through Haughley Park, with illuminated trees, colourful light installations and a supporting musical score.

Sally Daniels, My WiSH appeal manager, said: “The generosity of visitors was just overwhelming. Many tied ribbons on the tree in memory of loved ones which was just so moving and the children made some amazing wishes, too.”

- A quiz held at Moreton Hall Community Centre, in Bury, has also boosted the appeal.

Organised by member Steve Baxter, it raised £312.50, which the club matched to raise £625.

Steve said: “I like to do something to raise money for My WiSH. The support I received from the club was great.”

Steve was treated at the Macmillan Unit at the West Suffolk after being referred to them from Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge, when he had a bone marrow transplant in 2107.


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