Fundraisers praise community backing for second annual Garboldisham Dance in a Barn

Miranda McCoy, St Nicholas Hospice Care fundraiser, receives a cheque for �4,042.18 from Dianne Thorrold, Lynn Dolder and Catherine Gooderham.

Miranda McCoy, St Nicholas Hospice Care fundraiser, receives a cheque for �4,042.18 from Dianne Thorrold, Lynn Dolder and Catherine Gooderham.

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Garboldisham fundraisers heaped praise on the community after shattering last year’s donations total with a £4,000 haul following a barn dance earlier this year.

The second annual Dance in a Barn, held back in May at Lyng Farm, confirmed this month it had reached £4,042.18 for the benefit of St Nicholas Hospice Care, a charity which supports people with long-term or life-threatening illnesses.

Miranda McCoy, St Nicholas Hospice Care fundraiser, receives a cheque for �4,042.18 from Dianne Thorrold, Lynn Dolder and Catherine Gooderham.

Miranda McCoy, St Nicholas Hospice Care fundraiser, receives a cheque for �4,042.18 from Dianne Thorrold, Lynn Dolder and Catherine Gooderham.

Organised by Catherine Gooderham, Dianne Thorrold and Lynn Dolder, the event attracted 161 guests for a night of dancing to music from The Muppits, as well as a hog roast and prize raffle.

Ms Gooderham said: “Without the help of so many we would not have been able to hold the event. The support really has been fantastic.

“We wanted to beat last year’s fundraising amount of £3,400, but to get to more than £4,000 was a great surprise.”

Ms Gooderham and Ms Thorrold both had family members who were helped by the hospice, inspiring them to begin this yearly event in 2015.

We wanted to beat last year’s fundraising amount of £3,400, but to get to more than £4,000 was a great surprise

Ms Dolder stated: “The hospice is such an important cause, it is something that can touch everyone.”

Miranda McCoy, St Nicholas Hospice Care Community Fundraiser, added: “After last year’s event I know expectations were high, and it is wonderful they have managed to exceed all expectations.”