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Throwaway comment leads to Thrandeston couple raising over £8,400 for three charities



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People involved with the dance along with the three recipients; East Anglian Air Ambulance, Alzheimers Society and Norfolk Cancer Charity Big C.
People involved with the dance along with the three recipients; East Anglian Air Ambulance, Alzheimers Society and Norfolk Cancer Charity Big C.

It was a mere throwaway comment which led a Thrandeston couple to dance their way to an impressive £8,423 f or three charities.

The Colchester family have called Church Farm home since 1916.

Now the residence of Sharon and Andrew Colchester, the farm's barn provided the ideal venue for the charitable couple to generate cash for the worthy causes.

"Earlier this year, someone made a throwaway comment that our barn would be ideal for a barn dance," explained Mrs Colchester, 54.

"With that, the ball was passed to us and we ran with it."

Calling on family, friends and the surrounding community, they put together a night of barn dancing, food and all around fun.

The Colchesters selected the East Anglian Air Ambulance, Big C cancer charity, and Alzheimer's Society as their chosen charities.

"Andrew and I have had close family members and friends with cancer and dementia.

"The air ambulance is totally funded by charitable donations and provides a vital service - you never know if you or one of yours might need their help."

The evening saw a fairground organ, music from soprano Emma Nuule, vintage tractors, stalls, a tombola, a beer tent, the main barn dance and even CBBC presenter Maddie Moate providing some educational entertainment.

The event raised £6,423 from tickets alone. Funds got an extra boost thanks to Barclay's Bank, who matched the funding, providing an extra £2,000 for the causes.

Reflecting on the evening, Mrs Colchester said:"It was a fantastic evening and we couldn't have asked for better weather. Having everyone together created a lovely atmosphere.

"We are blessed with a fantastic group of friends and family who are always willing to roll their sleeves up and get stuck into the hard work and support us. I want to say thank you to everyone.

"If it wasn't for them, and the sponsorship from the local community, we wouldn't have made even half of what we raised."



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