Karaoke raises cash for Naomi House

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HUNDREDS of pounds were raised for a local charity through a karaoke night.

Members of the Solent area committee of the Naomi House fundraising branch, arranged the charity sing-a-long.

A signed T-shirt and photographs donated by Portsmouth Football Club were also auctioned on the night by Heart FM radio presenter and News columnist Paul Bunker.

The event held at the Stamshaw Lake Angling Club, Ranelagh Road, Stamshaw, raised £1,285.20 for the charity.

A disco and raffle were also held during the night.

Patricia Aspey, of Waterlooville, who helped organise the fundraiser, has had first-hand experience of the work carried out by the charity.

The 68-year-old said: ‘Naomi House is a children’s hospice and provides care for children with life-threatening and terminal illness.

‘It also provides respite care for the family too.

‘I lost my 16-year-old son and he was in there for the last year.

‘They provided 24-hour care and the support was great.

‘The fundraiser was a great evening and fun was had by all. We would like to say a massive thank you to all the people who came and helped out and donated money.

‘It means a lot and we’re grateful for the amount we raised.

‘I also want to thank my cousin Stephen Bailey, who helped organise the karaoke.’

Money raised will be split between Naomi House and Jack’s Place.

Jack’s Place is a separate part of the hospice, which is aimed at teenagers who require care.

The area provides more independent living for youngsters.

To find out more visit naomihouse.org.uk