Cancer fundraiser made £1,200

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Organisers of a charity jazz concert are thrilled their event has raised £1,200.

Victoria Hampson and her partner Mark Wilkinson came up with the idea of a Candlelight Christmas Jazz Concert to raise money in memory of their relatives who sadly lost their lives to cancer.

As well as the musical event at Long Sutton Church Hall just before Christmas, the couple also organised a charity auction to raise funds for Katharine House Hospice, Oxfordshire, where Victoria’s grandfather Brian Hampson (86) was cared for prior to his death from lung cancer this summer.

Their second good cause was Marie Curie, whose nurses looked after Mark’s grandmother Betty Wakeham who died of breast cancer.

Victoria, of Holbeach, said: “With all the donations now in we raised £1,200 for the two charities which is absolutely fantastic and much more than we expected.

“The support and donations mean an awful lot to us and the charities to help continue the care they provide to the terminally ill.

“We had a full house on the night – it was a lovely start to Christmas and the candlelit hall and Carols got everyone in the festive mood.”

Music on the night was provided by vocalist Simon Rodgers and Mark’s own band the Mark Wilkinson Quartet, while items donated for auction included a limited edition watch worth £350, Lego goodies and a Radley bag.

As well as thanking those who cared for their relatives Victoria and Mark wanted to continue the legacy started by Mark’s mother Annette and her sisters, who raised more than £44,000 for Marie Curie through regular coffee mornings during the past 19 years.

“We would like to say a huge thanks to everyone who came on the evening, made donations and provided the numerous auction and raffle prizes,” added Victoria.

“Among the many people who helped on the evening, special thanks to Annette and David Wilkinson for their expert organisation as well as band members Simon, Elaine and Lawrence for giving their time and Jo Wilkinson and Bonnie Drewry for the mountain of delicious homemade mince pies.”

The couple hope to continue their musical fundraising events and are already planning a summer concert featuring the Mark Wilkinson Quartet and East Angles Brass Band.