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Sponsorship and raffle prizes appeal for Stephen John Winter Wonderland Charity Ball in aid of West Suffolk Hospital

A Bury St Edmunds salon owner is appealing for sponsorship and donations of raffle prizes for a charity ball to support end of life patients at West Suffolk Hospital.

Stephen Trowles, who runs Stephen John in Lawson Place, has held the ball every two years and has raised thousands of pounds for the hospital’s My WiSH charity with proceeds previously benefitting the Macmillan Unit.

This year’s Stephen John Winter Wonderland Charity Ball at Ashlar House on November 30 is in aid of the My WiSH Butterfly Appeal, which supports patients at the end of their life.

West Suffolk Hospital's My WiSH charity
West Suffolk Hospital's My WiSH charity

Mr Trowles, 45, is reaching out to other businesses to see if they could donate raffle prizes or sponsor the ball.

The cause is ‘close to his heart’ as he works with the hospital to fit wigs for women with medical hair loss. His mum Brenda Avison passed away aged 68 in 2016 after being diagnosed with bowel cancer.

“The way they looked after my mother, I want to raise money for them as long as I can,” he said. “They’re like a walking angel, they’re amazing. The care they provide is second to non.”

This year’s event is in memory of clients Julie Moulton and Helen Monk.

Sue Smith, head of fund-raising at My WiSH, said they were ‘extremely grateful’ to Steve and the balls have ‘raised over £13,000 to help enhance care for patients being treated on our cancer unit’.

Tickets are nearly sold out for the ball but raffle tickets are available at the salon. To help with prizes and sponsorship, call organiser Sue Hughes on 07778304307.

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