Lancing garden party raises more than £1,000 for hospice

Linda Binns, Lucy Stephenson and her daughter Megan, Lynsey Casaletto and Jackie Brown at the event

Linda Binns, Lucy Stephenson and her daughter Megan, Lynsey Casaletto and Jackie Brown at the event

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A Lancing woman held a fundraising event for her neighbour, who has a brain tumour, which raised more than a thousand pounds for the hospice charity where she receives treatment.

Linda Binns, of Western road in Lancing, organised a ‘Big Get Together’ event in her garden in aid of St Barnabas House, for her friend who lives across the road, Lucy Stephenson. Lucy attended with her 5-year-old daughter, Megan, despite having only been discharged from hospital the night before.

Rock and roll trio Funky Lizard performed at the event

Rock and roll trio Funky Lizard performed at the event

The event on Sunday, July 31 featured rock and roll music from Funky Lizard, performing together for the first time, fundraising games, a barbeque, raffle and cake sale. A total of £1,245.38 was raised for the charity.

Linda said: “It was an amazing day, a brilliant turnout by family, friends and neighbours and everybody seemed to really enjoy it. I think having such beautiful weather made it all the more special.

“I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone for their kind donations, raffle prizes, and delightful cakes, and also for all the wonderful help and support before and on the day, which made the whole occasion a tremendous success.”

Linda and Lucy have only known eachother for a year, but try to meet up once a week along with Lucy’s cousin Lynsey Casaletto and Linda’s friend Jackie Brown.

The Big Get Together is a new initiative inviting people to join together with friends to have fun while raising funds to support the hospice.

Wendy Bardsley, community fundraising manager at St Barnabas House, said: “What a fantastic event. I met Lucy and her team when they visited the hospice only a few weeks ago and they decided there and then to have a Big Get Together to support the hospice.

“In such a short time I can’t believe what they achieved, all their friends and family mucked in, it was a proper garden fête and a wonderful feeling of love and support.

“It was lovely to see so many people supporting the hospice. Well done to Linda who did a brilliant job organising it and thank you to all the people who attended the event and made a donation.”

St Barnabas is a charity which provides specialist palliative care to adults with advanced, life-limiting illnesses, at the hospice and in their homes.

Hospices around Sussex will be holding ‘Big Get Together’ events in October and asking guests to make a donation. Anyone interested in taking part in the event can register at The Big Get Together

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