Fashion show for hospice

A LOVING daughter is holding an event to raise money for the Garden House Hospice in memory of her mother who died last year. Baldock resident Jayne Knowles has organised a ladies fashion show and charity auction to take place in a heated marquee at Letc

A LOVING daughter is holding an event to raise money for the Garden House Hospice in memory of her mother who died last year.

Baldock resident Jayne Knowles has organised a ladies fashion show and charity auction to take place in a heated marquee at Letchworth GC Rugby Club, on Baldock Road, on Sunday, April 27.

Her mother, Pearl Carruthers, who lived in Letchworth GC, lost a three-and-a-half-year battle with ovarian cancer and died at the hospice in August last year, on her 68th birthday.

Jayne said: "Despite her illness she remained positive and was a true inspiration to me and others who knew her.

"Together we organised and held a number of small fundraising events in her garden. For one, she baked over 200 scones and countless cakes. She raised more than £4,000 and this was donated to Mount Vernon's Cancer Treatment and Research Trust.

"Throughout this time, and before her diagnosis, she supported Garden House Hospice. It was her wish to spend the last few days of her life there. This was a very difficult time but the hospice was a truly wonderful place.

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"I want to give the hospice something back to thank them and I have been organising this event since October."

Auction lots include tea for two at The Ritz, a helicopter flight for four, and a day for two at Champneys.

There will also be a tombola and raffle on the day. Items for the tombola, such as wine and toiletries, are still needed and can be left in the reception area at the hospice, clearly marked for the fashion show and for the attention of Jo Wiffen.

Tickets for the event, which starts at 3.30pm, are £7.50 each and include tea, cakes and scones. They are available from David's Music on Eastcheap in Letchworth GC, Glyph Cards in Market Place, Hitchin, and Knights Templar School in Baldock.

Television presenter Pam Rhodes, who is a patron of the hospice, is unable to attend the event, as previously advertised, due to another commitment.