Elvis took centre stage during a charity concert night, which raised thousands of pounds for a hospice supporting people with long-term and life-threatening illnesses.
The evening of music, which took place at St Edmundsbury Masonic Centre, was the first event of its kind in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care.
With all the monies now counted it can be revealed the occasion raised £8,550 for the charity, which cares for those across West Suffolk and Thetford in the final chapters of their lives.
John Maxim, one of the event’s organisers said: “It was absolutely brilliant. It was a great night. Everyone said how much they had enjoyed themselves and even on the night, they were asking when the next one would be.
“It’s fantastic that we have managed to raise such a great amount for the hospice, and we are so grateful to everyone for their support. We had a brilliant raffle and local businesses across Brandon and Bury St Edmunds were so generous. We are so grateful for the incredible support we received.”
With almost 200 guests in attendance, Elvis was definitely in the building as impersonator Fisher Stevens, made sure the crowd was kept entertained and dancing as he belted out hits such as All Shook Up, Hound Dog and Blue Suede Shoes just to name a few.
St Nicholas Hospice Care community fundraiser Miranda McCoy said: “We are thrilled that everyone had such a great time and enjoyed themselves at our first St Nic’s Does Elvis evening.
“Elvis was fantastic and it was wonderful to see so many people enjoying themselves while supporting the hospice.
“The evening raised more than £8,500 and I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved for their support especially John Maxim and Tracey Ormrod, who work on the committee, for their tireless efforts. Also our Elvis Fisher Stevens, all the fantastic sponsors, the St Edmundsbury Masonic Centre and of course everyone who came along on the night. Without everyone’s generosity, we wouldn’t be able to keep raising the money we need to fund our services.”
With the night proving to be such a success, the date for the second event has already been set. The occasion will return in aid of the hospice on April 27, 2019.
For more information on the services, the hospice provides across the area please visit www.stnicholashospice.org.uk
Pictured above are some of the team behind St Nic’s Does Elvis, (left to right Miranda McCoy, John Maxim and Tracey Ormrod) which raised £8,550 for St Nicholas Hospice Care.