Night filled with music and dancing raises funds for St Nicholas Hospice Care

A music night was a fitting tribute as a family came together to raise funds in memory of a wife, mother and grandmother who ‘loved music and dancing’.

The evening of entertainment, which was enjoyed by more than 100 people, was organised by the family of Shelia Empson and raised £1,315 for St Nicholas Hospice Care.

Shelia was cared for by the hospice during her final days and following her death Sheila’s family have been determined to raise as much as they can for the charity, while celebrating her love of music and dancing, passions she shared with her husband Peter.

On the night, Peter who performed alongside his band On the Road Again, was also joined on stage by his grandsons.

Peter said: “It was a fantastic night. We all really enjoyed it and I think everyone who came along did. I have already had people asking me when the next one is and telling me to put their names down.

“Both me and Shelia loved music and dancing. We met dancing and it was something we both enjoyed, I think that’s why the music night is so special to all of us. We both loved music and dancing.

“For me being able to be up on stage performing with my grandsons made it extra special. I loved it.”

The event, which took place at Lakenheath Village Hall, on April 21, was also well supported by the local community and businesses who gave generously to a raffle, which took place on the night and featured more than 30 prizes.

“Everyone was really generous. I couldn’t believe the number of prizes we were given. We are already looking forward to doing the event again,” added Peter.

The family visited the hospice earlier this month to handover all the funds raised which will be used to help the charity to continue to care for those across west Suffolk in the final chapters of their lives.

Pictured above the Empson family visited the hospice following their successful charity music night.

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