London To Brighton For Guide Dogs For The Blind

Jacqueline Jones of Kesgrave and Christina Edwards of Ipswich have decided to challenge themselves by walking 63 miles from London to Brighton. The pair, who are out training nearly every day, are taking on one of the action challenges arranged by the Ultra Challenge Team and are walking continually through the night from Richmond Park in London to Brighton race course during the Bank Holiday weekend at the end of May. They are raising money for Guide Dogs for the Blind, a cause very close to Christina’s heart as her mother…

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Ipswich & District Soroptimist Club

Do you need a bit of decluttering? If so, and if you are into sewing, we could help you out. Is your work space filling up with bits of material left over from previous projects? You have probably kept them in case they might ‘come in useful’. Well, we have a use for them! We are making bags for syringe drivers, small pumps which some patients have to carry around with them, in particular if they need constant medication to relieve pain. The bags are like mini totes with a…

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Colchester’s Biggest Party Returns In May!

St Helena’s Midnight Walk returns this May with a tropical Hawaiian theme and two brand new routes – and registration is open. The Midnight Walk will take place on Saturday, May 11, starting and finishing at Severalls Business Park, Colchester, and once again, men are also invited along with women and children aged 11 and over to take part. This year there are two new routes to choose from: either 4.5 miles or 9 miles, both of which will allow you to show off your grass skirts and Hawaiian shirts…

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New Obstacle Course & Mud Run For Suffolk Families

A brand new event is coming to Suffolk this June as the makers of the Whole Hog and Boss Hog launch the Piglet, Junior Hog. The Piglet, Junior Hog will be an entry-level version of the popular obstacle courses and mud runs that have been part of the Suffolk calendar for over 10 years. It will be aimed at those who want to take part with their children or just those who would like to run a shorter route, and benefit East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH). Sponsored by Taylor Wimpey,…

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Teen Singer Songwriter Hands Over £6000 To Charity

Singer songwriter Roma aged 13 handed over three cheques each £2220 to three local charities as a result of her fundraising in 2018. The local inspirational teen had set herself a target of £6000 and she smashed that by October at the launch of her debut Album “Teen Spirit” The three local charities benefiting from the money she raised are EACH Children’s hospice, Ipswich Winter Night Shelter and Suffolk Young People’s health project also known as 4yp. During January, Roma visited all three charities and handed over cheques and had…

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Ed Sheeran Fans Raise Funds For Charity

Ed Sheeran super fans pledge to raise £4000 for Ipswich charity as birthday present to star. St Elizabeth Hospice is set to benefit from a fundraiser by an international group of Ed Sheeran fans, known as the ‘Sherrios’. The fans have set up a birthday fundraiser in Ed’s honour through Just Giving, with the target of raising £4,000 for the Ipswich-based hospice charity. The pop star will turn 28 on the 17 February and it’s hoped the fundraiser will reach its target by then. It’s already a quarter of the…

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Could You Be A Young Shadow Trustee?

Community Action Suffolk has launched an appeal to identify a new Young Shadow Trustee who will have a pivotal post in contributing to how the organisation is run, and how it portrays the county’s youth contingent. It is the first time CAS has chosen to include a dedicated Young Shadow Trustee on their board, and comes as part of the organisation’s desire to reflect more diversity. A Suffolk-based programme to support young trustees has been in place since last year, led by CAS, and now sees a total of 10 younger…

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Dame Nanny Fanny Gives Blood!

Actor Chris Clarkson (Nanny Fanny) visited the Athenaeum in Bury St Edmunds in the run up to Christmas in order to do something amazing – give blood. Not only that, but in a bid to further promote the importance of giving blood, he went in his full costume to give the team running the donations a boost. This was Chris’ second year running that he has donated blood in his Theatre Royal pantomime costume, and it was also his 78th donation in total! His blood type is A+ which roughly…

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Stowmarket Chorale

The Apex concert hall in Bury St Edmunds was packed to the rafters for Radio Suffolk’s Carol Concert on 1 December in aid of Children in Need. A varied programme included local choral society Stowmarket Chorale, a brass band, a children’s choir, readings, and opportunities for the audience to sing along. Both audience and performers went away afterwards with happy smiles and in thoroughly festive mood, and had raised £3000 for Children in Need. Stowmarket Chorale brought out all the emotion and drama of the popular nineteenth-century French carol O…

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Samaritan Bookshop

When you find after Christmas that you have no more room on those bookshelves to accommodate all those generous gifts, and you need to do a cull of the shelves, the Samaritan Bookshop will be pleased to receive your unwanted books. Collections can be arranged for larger amounts of books. To arrange a collection ring Janice on 01473 287727 and we will find a date and time to suit you. If, however, you are searching for a sequel, or looking for fresh inspiration visit the Aladdin’s Cave, otherwise known as…

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