Raising a glass to make local charity some cash

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A STREET party to mark the Royal wedding raised over £1,000 for The Rowans Hospice’s Dorothy’s Dream project.

The patriotic event was held in The Labour Club’s Unity Hall, in Landport, on Friday as Prince William and his bride walked down the aisle.

All money raised was collected from a range of stalls and games, including stocks and wet sponges, name the teddy, name the dog and a raffle with prizes donated from nearby businesses.

The royal knees-up was organised by secretary of the club, Liz Clilverd, 65, and two committee members, Gloria Gill, 62, and Jean Foster, 75.

Mrs Clilverd said: ‘We never dreamed that we would make that much money from stalls that cost 50p each, we really were very surprised.’

Dorothy’s Dream is an appeal to raise £1m to set up The Rowans Hospice At Home service. It will give people the choice to stay at home with care rather than being admitted to hospital in their last living days.

Mrs Clilverd added: ‘We chose to raise money for Dorothy’s Dream because it is something everyone should be entitled to.

‘Most people want their families around them in their last days and this enables them to do that.’

The programme is also close to the heart of Mrs Foster, who lost her husband to cancer.

She said: ‘I know how the world is with money at the moment, so I am just so pleased that people were so generous towards such a worthy charity.’

Everyone involved would like to thank all who attended and contributed to the event.