Sisters organise coffee morning for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice

Val Sleight, Sue Downs, Trish Canham and Barbara Wilson EMN-151229-114825001
Val Sleight, Sue Downs, Trish Canham and Barbara Wilson EMN-151229-114825001

Four sisters joined forces to stage a coffee morning in aid of Thorpe Hall Hospice in memory of their sister Jenny Cannon who died earlier this year.

Val Sleight, Sue Downs, Trish Canham and Barbara Wilson, helped by friends, neighbours and family, spent days baking cakes, biscuits and sweet treats to sell alongside cups of tea and coffee.

Within two hours the tables at Northborough Village Hall, in Northborough, near Market Deeping had been cleared and the ladies, who all live in the village had raised a brilliant £900.

Sue said: “Jenny would have loved the coffee morning – she was a big fan of cake with a cup of tea, particularly chocolate cake.

“She was so chatty and knew so many people - she’d have spent the entire time talking!”

Grandma of four Jenny, who ran Scallywags shop in Market Deeping, spent her final week at Thorpe Hall Hospice, after 18 months of treatment for a brain tumour.

Trish said: “She received such wonderful care we wanted to do something in her memory to say thank you to Thorpe Hall. We decided a coffee morning was something we could probably organise.

“We were right – we had more than 100 people through the doors!”

The ladies included a raffle and second hand book stall during the event. Along with Jenny’s husband Pat, they have now donated the money raised to Thorpe Hall.

Senior fundraiser Jo Marriott said: “What a lovely way to pay tribute to a much-loved sister. We’re so grateful to the ladies for supporting us in this way. £900 is a wonderful amount to raise at a coffee morning. That’s the equivalent of paying for a Thorpe Hall nurse for nine days.”