Burton Centre boosted by help from Santa

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Suffolk and Norfolk Labour Euro MP Richard Howitt dressed in a Santa suit on Friday, December 19 to raise funds for a local hospice charity that provides care and support throughout West Suffolk and Thetford.

The event was intended to raise money for Nicholas Hospice Care,a local charity which looks after people with long-term and life-threatening illnesses in their own homes or wherever they need help.

They provide care and support throughout West Suffolk and Thetford, including at the Burton Centre outreach centre, in Haverhill.

The charity helps people with illnesses including Motor Neurone Disease, Parkinson’s, heart failure, MS and lung disease, as well as offering cancer care.

They offer physiotherapy and occupational therapy in people’s own homes, the main Hospice or at their St Nicholas Hospice Care help people’s emotional needs as well as medical needs; emotional support and counselling can be offered in people’s own homes.

Richard Howitt MEP, a long-term supporter of the charity, said: “It’s especially important at this time of year to offer support to those who face challenges this Christmas and New Year.

“I can think of no better charity to support than St Nicholas Hospice Care, who need to raise £11,000 every day from and for the communities they serve.

“They need every penny, so it’s good to be on the streets helping the collection effort today.

“Merry Christmas everybody!”