£60,000 milestone surpassed as a determined family continues fundraising

A family’s incredible fundraising has become a lasting legacy as their efforts have led to more than £60,000 raised for a charity close to their hearts.

In June 2015, the family of Zena Butcher came together to launch the Zena 10 fundraising campaign in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care.

The total they have raised for the charity, which supports those living with dying, death and grief across West Suffolk and Thetford, now amounts to £62,000.

Initially, the group, led by Zena’s daughter Connie Gibbs, Zena’s partner Darren Gibbs and her sisters Tracey Butcher and Mandy Smart, wanted to raise £10,000 in four months to mark the 10th anniversary of her death.

The family wanted to support the hospice because of the help they received during Zena’s six-year battle with a malignant brain tumour.

Tracey said: “Zena’s personality was infectious, her kindness, her sense of humour. This has all been for her, so we can remember and create a legacy, which I think has been reflected in our fundraising, which has been a celebration of her life.

“The balls we have organised have always been for friends and family to enjoy, and that’s what they have been, just as Zena would have wanted.”

The team were pushed over the £60,000 mark following their latest annual ball, which raised £4,375.

Mandy said: “Our fundraising really has been a team effort. The response we have had over the years, from companies, businesses, family, friends and individuals has been fantastic.

“People have run marathons, sponsored events, netball tournaments, head shaves and cycle rides and joined in Girls Night Out all of which have contributed to this amazing achievement.”

The group are determined to carry on with their fundraising and have their next ball booked in November, at Ashlar House, in Bury St Edmunds.

Some of the money raised has been used to fund Nicky’s Way, the hospice’s children and young people’s bereavement programme, which helped Connie and Darren after Zena died, aged 37, in 2005.

Pictured above (left to right) are Mandy Smart, Connie Gibbs and Tracey Butcher celebrating Zena 10’s fundraising efforts, which have seen more than £60,000 raised for St Nicholas Hospice Care in memory of Zena Butcher.

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