Valentine’s Ball raises �8,000 for Havering hospice

LOVERS helped to raise more than �8,000 for terminally ill people after attending the St Francis’ Hospice Valentine’s Ball.

More than 150 people attended the must have event organised by hospice fundraisers, sisters Sarah-Jane Baynes and Victoria O’ Neil at the Woolston Manor on Saturday February 12.

Sarah-Jane said: “It was a fantastic event.

“Everyone was up dancing having a good time and we had some really good feedback at the end of the night.”

The event, saw the guests getting dolled up and enjoying a buffet meal and entertainment from local band Undercover, DJ JB Sounds and Frank Sinatra singer James Argent.

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There was also raffles with prizes up for grabs like a holiday to Malaysia, shoes signed by Fearne Cotton and dinner for two at a restaurant.

The annual event was organised by Sarah-Jane and her sister in memory of their dad Peter Baynes who died in 2009 and was cared for at the hospital.

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Sarah-Jane said: “He loved music and we think that the ball works really well around Valentine’s Day.

“The staff at the hospice looked after dad so well and we can not repay them for all that they did but it is good that we can help them in this way.

“It costs at least �17,000 to look after someone and we could not have afforded to pay for all the care they gave to dad but this goes some way to helping them.”

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