Hospice applauds Wortham couple after charity shoe sale raises over £1,000

Cheque presentation at Coleman's Removals in Diss, supporting St Nicholas Hospice Care in Bury St Edmunds. From left: shoe sale organisers Mike and Lesley Bowen, business owner Ken Coleman and hospice fundraiser Miranda McCoy

Cheque presentation at Coleman's Removals in Diss, supporting St Nicholas Hospice Care in Bury St Edmunds. From left: shoe sale organisers Mike and Lesley Bowen, business owner Ken Coleman and hospice fundraiser Miranda McCoy

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A Wortham couple who raised more than £1,000 during an enormous shoe sale in Diss this month has been praised by a hospice as the type of “wonderful support” without which the charity could not survive.

Lesley and Mike Bowen presented a cheque for £1,167.65 to the Bury St Edmunds-based St Nicholas Hospice Care last Friday at Coleman’s Removals, who helped with the sale, after hundreds of shoes were sold at Diss Methodist Church, culminating months of hard work.

Miranda McCoy, the hospice’s community fundraiser, said: “We couldn’t exist without people fundraising for us. We are incredibly fortunate to have wonderful supporters like Lesley and Mike.

“This is a great bringing together of fundraising and retail, and they have put in a wonderful effort. ”

The hospice will benefit further still from their efforts, when all of the shoes not purchased in the sale are passed on to be sold in the St Nicholas Hospice shops.

Following the cheque handover, Mrs Bowen gave her thanks to their team of volunteers who helped them during the sale, and to all the support, particularly from the local Morrisons supermarket.

She said: “At the end, the shoes just came in volumes. It meant so much to us.”