Pub raises cash in Sarah’s memory

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A VILLAGE pub will be marking its reopening with a weekend of fund-raising in memory of a mother killed by swine flu.

The Victoria in Thurston reopens on Friday, April 29, after refurbishment and staff and locals will spend the Royal Wedding weekend in a variety of fund-raising activities for the Sarah Applin Trust.

Sarah died in January, days after her son William was delivered by Caesarian section as she lay ill with swine flu. She was 32 and her daughter Charlotte was barely a year old. Her husband Richard and parents Jane and Barry Waterman, who run The White Horse at Beyton, started the trust to buy a special bed for West Sufolk Hospital’s intensive care unit.

The Victoria’s fund-raising is being organised by Michelle Frost, who works for landlady Jo Neeve. Michelle said: “A lot of people in the village asked us about doing this.”

The weekend starts with live music from local band Hot Fat on the Friday night. Saturday sees a car boot sale and car wash in the morning and a raffle and auction in the evening. On Sunday evening there is live music from B4 and on Monday there will be another car boot sale followed by family bingo.

Michelle is seeking raffle and auction items from local firms and individuals and wonders if anyone can lend them an electronic bingo machine.

To buy tickets for the live music evenings or make donations, contact Michelle on 07771 938330.