Hospice to ben­e­fit from events in Olivia’s mem­ory

Leek Post & Times - - STAFFORDSHIRE MOORLANDS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE UPDATE - By Les­lie Jack­son les­lie.jack­son@reach­plc.com

A RUD­YARD woman is hop­ing to boost her fundrais­ing by stag­ing two ma­jor events in mem­ory of her niece who died two years ago, aged just 30.

Suzanne Shel­don has al­ready raised £600 for the Dou­glas Macmil­lan Hospice.

Now she is to hold a Christ­mas fair in Leek and a mu­si­cal evening with Holly Reynolds at Rud­yard to boost the funds.

Suzanne said: “My lovely niece, Olivia Heath sadly lost her bat­tle with cer­vi­cal cancer on Novem­ber 1, 2015, she was 30-years-old.

“Olivia was the life and soul of all par­ties and def­i­nitely lived life to the full.

“She reg­u­larly en­joyed trips to Turkey with her sis­ter Rosanna and made many friends along the way.

“Life is not the same with­out Libby, as she was known, but all our fam­ily and friends re­mem­ber her with much af­fec­tion and cher­ish the many happy mem­o­ries she has left be­hind.

“Olivia fre­quented the Dou­glas Macmil­lan Hospice in Blur­ton. The staff there were fan­tas­tic and that is why I have de­cided to fundraise for the hospice in mem­ory of Libby.

“Over the last few months I have or­gan­ised sev­eral events from which the pro­ceeds are go­ing to the Dougie Mac.

“These in­clude an Avon party, a cof­fee morn­ing at Trin­ity Church and a cream tea on the Chur­net Val­ley Rail­way.

“So far I have £600 in the pot. How­ever I would like to try to boost this amount with the fi­nal two events I have planned.

“The first is a Christ­mas fair on Satur­day, Novem­ber 17 at Leek Cricket Club, be­tween 11am – 3pm.

“Ad­mis­sion is free and there will be a va­ri­ety of stalls sell­ing lovely gifts in­clud­ing knit­ted items, hand­made cards, jewellery, Christ­mas crafts, plants, shrubs, wooden crafts, wire trees and origami crafts, home and gen­eral gifts and Flamingo Paperie.

“There will be a Chi­nese raf­fle, cof­fee, tea, light re­fresh­ments and home­made cakes.

“The high­light of the day will be Santa in his ‘grotto’ be­tween 12pm and 2pm so chil­dren can visit him and re­ceive a gift.

“There is some­thing to suit ev­ery­one and it re­ally would be lovely to see as many peo­ple there as pos­si­ble.”

The fi­nal fund-rais­ing event be­ing staged by Suzanne is an evening with Holly Reynolds, a tal­ented young singer from Tean. This will go ahead on Fri­day, Novem­ber 30, at 7.30pm at the Ho­tel Rud­yard.

Suzanne said: “Holly is a vin­tage vo­cal­ist singing hits from the golden age of mu­si­cals. She loves ev­ery­thing about the 50s and 60s. This started when she was a young girl watch­ing Calamity Jane and fell in love with the won­der of Doris Day.

“Holly be­gan per­form­ing her own gigs from the age of 13. She grad­u­ated from the Liver­pool In­sti­tute for Per­form­ing Arts, founded by Paul Mc­cart­ney, who she was taught by and re­ceived her de­gree from.

“She has per­formed in the­atres across the coun­try with a va­ri­ety of trib­ute acts and for us this year will per­form ‘Rock­ing around the Christ­mas Tree’ plus songs from the 50s and 60s.

“If you would like to join me for what prom­ises to be a won­der­ful night, tick­ets are £12 which also in­cludes a hot bap and chips/wedges.”

Suzanne added: “Please sup­port me in my quest to raise money for the Dou­glas Macmil­lan Hospice.”

“If you have an item you would like to do­nate for a raf­fle prize at ei­ther of these events I would be very grate­ful.”

For tick­ets, to doinate raf­fle prizes and any other queries please con­tact Suzanne on 07518 074185 or suzshel­don@bt­in­ter­net.com

Olivia Heath who lost her bat­tle with cer­vi­cal cancer in Novem­ber 2015. Now her aunt, Suzanne Shel­don, is rais­ing cash for the hospice where Olivia was cared for.

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