It was an unusual fundraising night at the Bury St Edmunds Football Club with music taking centre stage.
Club members and friends turned up with their “Trouble and Strife” for a Cockney Knees Up which led to a total of £1,483.82 being raised for the MyWiSH Charity, which supports the West Suffolk Hospital.
About 120 people attended the event organised by Kerry and Mick Logan along with close friend Mark Stannard.
Tinkling the ivories was Tom Carradine while Mick, who is the Bury Town Veterans manager, took to adding his musical touch to the evening with his disc jockey routines.
Lyric sheets were handed out to those attending who got into the rhythm of the night by singing along to the variety of tunes from Tom’s fingers on the piano.
Kerry, who lives in Cornfield Road, said she was delighted with how the evening went and with the amount of money raised and said that she now hoped to run it annually.
She said a lot of her friends were about to celebrate their 50th birthday and thought that the Cockney night would be a good way to mark it.
And the money they collected is going toward the Rainbow Ward at the hospital.
Kerry said: “So many of our friends were turning 50 so instead of having a party we decided to get together and do it for the Rainbow Ward as one of our friends’ sons spends time on the ward.
“Tom played two sets between 30 and 45 minutes each and he gave out sheets for us to sing from and Mick also went round with a bucket to help boost the collection. Everyone so enjoyed the night that hopefully it will become an annual event.”
Thanks was paid to club chairman Russell Ward and Bury Town for their support and Rachel Pym, clinical practice facilitator on the Rainbow Ward, said staff are looking to spend the money on a heart monitor for their young patients.
Sue Smith, head of fundraising for My WiSH, couldn’t thank Kerry, Mick and Mark enough for raising such an incredible amount of money.
“The total was just amazing, it will make such a difference to the young patients at West Suffolk Hospital, huge thanks to all involved,” she said.
Pictured above are Kerry and Mick Logan with staff from the Rainbow Ward.