Eng­land shirt makes hospice ball a win­ner

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OBITUARIES -

A RUGBY shirt do­nated by for­mer Eng­land player Lawrence Dal­laglio and signed by all the 2005 team helped raise a mas­sive £17,271 for the Pil­grims Hospice. The money was raised at the sil­ver an­niver­sary ball at the Ash­ford In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel, which was at­tended by 230 busi­ness­peo­ple and sup­port­ers of the char­ity. Derek Gil­burt, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Ash­ford-based con­struc­tion com­pany GSE, who or­gan­ised the event, said: “I am ex­tremely pleased the ball raised such a hand­some amount.

Sail­ing

“It was a gen­uine de­sire to make the time to do some­thing that will ben­e­fit oth­ers in times of ill­ness.” Guests were en­ter­tained by exEastEn­ders ac­tor and singer Shaun Wil­liamson, while Michael Hog­ben, the auc­tion­eer from the TV se­ries Flog It!, han­dled the sale of items on the night,

rais­ing nearly £8,000. They in­cluded a day’s sail­ing on a yacht called the Femme Fa­tale, fol­lowed by din­ner in a top restau­rant, first class Eurostar travel to Paris, and a silk paint­ing by film ac­tor Peter Cush­ing. Mr Gil­burt, whose com­pany is build­ing the STOP 24 ser­vice sta­tion at Junc­tion 11 of the M20, added: “It was a night to re­mem­ber for a very good cause and we hope to make it an an­nual event.”

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Or­gan­iser Derek Gil­burt and his wife Natalie (cen­tre back) with, from left, Richard Barlow, Sue Barlow, Stephanie Bon­gioanni, Is­abel Cros­tonMartin, Michael Hog­ben and Les­ley Hog­ben at the Pil­grims Hospice ball, which raised £17,271

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