Garboldisham dance in a barn raises thousands for hospice

Miranda McCoy, St Nicholas Hospice Care Community Fundraiser, receives a cheque for �3,400 from Lynn Dolder, Diane Thorrold and Catherine Gooderham.

Miranda McCoy, St Nicholas Hospice Care Community Fundraiser, receives a cheque for �3,400 from Lynn Dolder, Diane Thorrold and Catherine Gooderham.

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A Suffolk-based hospice that supports people with major illnesses has applauded the ‘marvellous’ effort of those behind a dance fundraiser in Garboldisham last month which brought in over £3,000.

The Dance in a Barn, an evening of live music, food, drink and dancing held on Saturday, May 30, packed out the Lyng Farm Barn with approximately 153 people, with sales and donations eventually totalling £3,400, for the benefit of St Nicholas Hospice Care, located in Bury St Edmunds.

Catherine Gooderham, who organised the event along with Diane Thorrold and Lynn Dolder, said they had been inspired to after witnessing the hospice’s work first-hand.

“My mother-in-law died at the hospice and we lost a friend here just over a year ago. That’s why we decided to support the Hospice. We’ve seen what a wonderful job it does,” she said.

“I hoped we might raise £2,500 and thought anything over that would be brilliant. I couldn’t believe it when we raised £3,400.”

Miranda McCoy, St Nicholas Hospice Care community fundraiser, added: “They are marvellous to have put so much effort into organising a wonderful evening and for raising this amount. Funds such as this make an enormous difference.”