Charity organises 80s night in aid of Welwyn Garden City charity

PUBLISHED: 12:04 25 August 2012

Helen Dodd and Charity Warnes preparing for their Sahara trek at Holkham Beach in Norfolk

Helen Dodd and Charity Warnes preparing for their Sahara trek at Holkham Beach in Norfolk


DID you love the 80s? Then dig out those 80s fashions and get along to a charity night in aid of Isabel Hospice.

The Welwyn Garden City-based hospice’s deputy director of fundraising, Charity Warnes, is organising an 80s night tomorrow (Sunday) at The White Horse in Welwyn.

Charity is organising the evening because later this year she will be taking part in a sponsored Sahara trek in aid of Isabel Hospice.

So far she has raised more than £6,000, but has set herself the target of £10,000.

Charity is taking part in the trek in memory of her sister Jane, who died of cancer 10 years ago.

A hospice spokeswoman said: “The fundraising night will be a fantastic occasion, with an 80s disco, cocktail bar and a grand charity auction for items which will include an England shirt personalised and signed by David Beckham.

“80s dress is optional, but who could resist donning some 80s inspired outfits and dancing along to Madonna, Michael Jackson or maybe some Culture Club?”

Of her upcoming adventure, Charity said: “In October I will be facing one of my biggest challenges by going on a trek through the Sahara Desert to raise vital funds for Isabel Hospice, the place where I have volunteered/worked since 2003.

“When I embark on my trek we will be in the 10th year since losing my sister Jane to cancer at the age of 43.

“In the last few weeks of her life Jane was cared for by her local hospice and looking back I simply can’t imagine how we would have coped without their wonderful support.

“People often talk about life-changing experiences, but I can honestly say that our experience at that time has completely changed my life, as it would never have crossed my mind that I would end up being so passionate about the hospice movement and with a career in hospice fundraising.

“Now I simply can’t imagine doing anything else.”

Charity will be joined on her trek by the hospice’s deputy chief executive, Helen Dodd, and the two have been on numerous training walks, joined by other supporters who have signed up for the expedition.

They recently spent a weekend at Holkham Beach in Norfolk, to get used to the challenges of walking in a sandy environment – although the weather wasn’t quite the same as the Sahara!

If you would like to support Charity’s trek, go along to the charity night at The White Horse, Welwyn.

Tickets cost £15 including buffet. For more information contact The White Horse on 01438 714366.

Alternatively you can sponsor Charity or Helen on their Justgiving pages at and

* If you are interested in joining future fundraising treks for Isabel Hospice, contact corporate relationship manager Emma Lippiatt on 01707 382500.

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