Broadcaster Martyn Lewis at hospice gala

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Thirty years ago this week St Nicholas Hospice Care’s first nurse started caring for people facing life-shortening illnesses in the community

Now, the hospice has grown into an organisation that cares for thousands of people every year.

On Thursday, June 5, at Chippenham Park, near Red Lodge, the hospice will celebrate with a one-off event with a Pimm’s reception, three-course meal, music and after-dinner speech by renowned journalist Martyn Lewis.

Martyn, who is known as a former BBC newsreader and a passionate advocate of hospice care, will talk about his life as a journalist and his experiences as vice-president of Help the Hospices and chairman of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations. It is not Martyn’s first involvement with St Nicholas Hospice Care as in June 1991 he launched a £2.5 million appeal to help construct the hospice building, in Hardwick Lane, Bury St Edmunds.

A fundraising auction of VIP experiences will be held during the gala evening. Lots on offer include two tickets to Wimbledon, a private tour of Benstead Manor stud and photo opportunity with legendary racehorse Frankel, a private tour of Lloyds of London including lunch, and a flight simulator experience at RAF Marham.

Musical entertainment will be provided by the strings of Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra.

Organiser Claire Webb, St Nicholas Hospice Care Major Gifts Manager, said: “We want to celebrate providing 30 years of care to our community with what promises to be a really special evening in a beautiful setting.

“We hope the event will celebrate what St Nicholas Hospice Care has achieved in the last 30 years, raise awareness of what we do and raise funds to help us to continue caring for people facing life-shortening illnesses and their families. The venue and food by Crown Catering of Cambridge are being kindly donated and Martyn Lewis is giving his time for free, for which we are very grateful.”

Tickets cost £65 each and are available from Claire on 01284 715581, email or go to