A Valentine’s Day party with a difference brought tears to the eyes and cheer for three charities at Spalding’s South Holland Centre on Saturday.
About 200 people enjoyed a night of live music from Stamford band The Overdubs, family photographs and prize raffles at Hearts: A Night to Remember, a five-hour fundraiser in aid of Butterfly Hospice Trust, Callum Pite’s Smile Charity and South Holland LIVES First Responders.
The night also featured a prize auction, including a golf cap from world number one Rory McIlroy, a signed photograph of Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, a sports top from Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill and a bottle of wine signed by Prime Minister David Cameron.
Other prizes were a Jenson Button signed sports top, concert tickets, food hampers and a collection of toy meerkats.
Gaynor Fiske (49), of Spalding, who organised the event ahead of her 50th birthday on Sunday, said: “It just seems like a dream and considering that I’ve never done anything on this scale before, it was far more succcesful than I ever expected.
“The response from people, with birthday cards, bouquets of flowers and donations for the three charities, overwhelmed me and they were so appreciative of the night.”
Stuart Jackson, head of fundraising at Butterfly Hospice Trust, said: “While clinical care at the Butterfly Hospice is funded by the NHS, the Butterfly Hospice Trust needs to raise £12,600 each week to provide all of the free care services to our in-patients.
“We would never be able to do that without the support, generosity and kindness of people like Gaynor.
“She is a very special person who, thankfully, was tenacious enough to drive through her ambitions and raise what have been significant amounts of funding for the Hospice.
“Gaynor will be a friend of the hospice for life which is why she has received her Butterfly Hospice That’s My Voice Advocate certificate, only the third certificate we have issued in 2015.”