Countdown to auction night at Stonham Barns Park in memory of Zoe Goddard
A 30-day countdown to a charity auction starts today to support a mum’s bid to raise £30,000 for the hospice that cared for her daughter who died from cervical aged just 27.
Wendy Goddard, of Stowupland, has dedicated herself to raising money for St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich in memory of her daughter Zoe who died in 2016.
This year marks Zoe’s and the hospice’s 30th birthday and Wendy wants to generate £30,000 through a raft of fund-raising challenges involving the number 30 – with Ipswich Town Football Club and Stonham Barns Park owner Alan Forward backing her cause.
Mr Forward has donated £5,000 and is putting on a charity auction evening at Stonham Barns Park, in Stonham Aspal, on Zoe’s birthday, March 21, to help push Wendy past her target.
He said: “Wendy has done such an incredible job of serving the community in recent years and I really wanted to show her that the community supports her.
“I and all the team at Stonham Barns Park would really love to help her get to the £30,000 target she has set. Wendy is an absolute role model and deserves support for the amazing work she has done.”
Stonham Barns is encouraging people and businesses to share their pictures on social media of ‘30 something’ for the #weare30 campaign such as 30 birds of prey or 30 cars.
This week, Flynne Downs, Will Norris and Gwion Edwards from Ipswich Town first team joined Wendy, Mr Forward, Janice Rowles, from Stonham Barns and St Elizabeth Hospice staff Celia Joseph and Joanne Beattie to support #weare30.
For the auction, Ipswich Town has donated a box at one of their games and signed club merchandise.
Other prizes include a helicopter ride, hot air balloon flight for three people, a television and a weekend stay at Stonham Barns Park.
Mr Forward said: “We are doing our best to support Wendy with the auction dinner, but I would love to see people across the county get involved and see how they can support her.”
For tickets to the auction, visit www.stonhambarns.co.uk/whats-on
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