Focused on fundraising

PUBLISHED: 10:02 20 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:55 26 October 2009

The two-hour aerobathon that raised £1,200 for the hospice

The two-hour aerobathon that raised £1,200 for the hospice

THREE lions roamed the Galleria shopping centre during the Chinese New Year, writes Chris Lennon. But shoppers need not have worried - for they were fabulous and fierce creatures collecting lucky money for the hospice. They had been organised by Steve P

Val Robinson, from the hospice, receives a cheque from Homestead Court’s assistant manager Nabil Lababedi, left, and events manager, Marco Belda

THREE lions roamed the Galleria shopping centre during the Chinese New Year, writes Chris Lennon.

But shoppers need not have worried - for they were fabulous and fierce creatures collecting "lucky money" for the hospice.

They had been organised by Steve Penstone-Smith, who said: "During Chinese New Year lions visit shops to collect money which is put in red envelopes.

"This is then named lucky money. Red is considered a lucky colour in China.

"The children from the Phoenix Freestyle Martial Arts based at Essendon School decided to raise money for a local charity and chose Isabel Hospice."

The stunt raised £310.

n SLIMMERS took part in a two-hour aerobathon to raise £1,200.

The event was hosted by WGC's Rosemary Conley Diet and Fitness instructor Lindsey Peters, and attended by about 80 of her members.

Lindsey, a long-time hospice supporter, said: "I think Isabel Hospice is a wonderful organisation and I am delighted to be able to run fundraising events for them."

Lisa Seccombe, head of fundraising and public relations at the hospice, said: "Everyone did really well during the aerobathon and we are delighted that Lindsey and her members are supporting Isabel Hospice again.

"Everyone kept going when the going got tough and they should be really proud of themselves; we are!"

The aerobathon took place at Wodson Park Sports Centre in Ware.

n STAFF at the Homestead Court Hotel in WGC donated £1,000 collected during Christmas parties.

Lisa said: "The hotel are great supporters of Isabel Hospice.

"They raised this fabulous amount by selling raffle tickets and passing a collecting bucket around during their Christmas party night evenings.

"Isabel Hospice staff held their Christmas celebrations there themselves again this year, and know how pro-active Homestead Court are in their fundraising for the hospice."

# PROCEEDS from a carol concert hosted by funeral directors JJ Burgess have been handed over to the hospice.

The concert was held at St Etheldreda's Church in Hatfield, and £500 was presented.

Justin Burgess said: "Isabel Hospice is a very worthy charity and we are pleased to continue to support them in the work they do for our local community.

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