Feast of fundraising at Godber Centre

TASTY TREATS -- for Adriana Hamonangan-Bainbridge, Amelie Smith and Evie Purdue at the Marie Curie tea party -- DISPIC NHUD11-1589-1

TASTY TREATS -- for Adriana Hamonangan-Bainbridge, Amelie Smith and Evie Purdue at the Marie Curie tea party -- DISPIC NHUD11-1589-1

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A FLURRY of fundraising attractions at Hucknall’s John Godber Centre has boosted the coffers of several worthwhile causes.

Firstly, a concert at the Ogle Street venue collected £500 for the Help For Heroes charity, which supports British servicemen and women injured on the front line around the world.

NHUD11-1590-1'Concert organiser Phil Rostance hands over the proceeds of a recent Help for Heroes event, totalling �500, at the John Godber Centre, to the Rev. Kathryn Herrod during the Marie Curie fund raiser on Saturday.

NHUD11-1590-1'Concert organiser Phil Rostance hands over the proceeds of a recent Help for Heroes event, totalling �500, at the John Godber Centre, to the Rev. Kathryn Herrod during the Marie Curie fund raiser on Saturday.

Then it was time for the crowds to pour in for a Blooming Great Tea Party, which raised £210 for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

To complete a memorable hat-trick, the centre played host to a ‘Night Of Swing’, led by well-known Hucknall musician Phil Rostance.

From this event, the £200 raised will help to buy children’s toys for the centre itself.

New manager Kim Pears said: “I am really pleased with how things went. These are among my first events since taking over and I would like to say a big thankyou to everyone for their support.

“Without attracting people, these events just wouldn’t be a success.”

Taking centre stage at the Help For Heroes concert were well-known Hucknall entertainers Phil Rostance and the Marshall Band.

Phil and his bandmate, Ben Marshall, are also behind the annual Party In The Park event in Hucknall in aid of Help For Heroes.

As for the tea party, attractions included a treasure hunt for children to find a giant teapot, a silent auction for a home-made cake shaped like a teapot and a raffle packed with prizes donated by groups associated with the John Godber centre and adjoining Hucknall Parish Church.

Added Kim: “I hope this level of success continues. Things have been great so far.”

Another landmark occasion since Kim arrived at the John Godber Centre has been the unveiling of a revamped garden at the venue.

This has been created with the help of volunteers from the Rolls-Royce plant in the town.

The company, which is Hucknall’s biggest employer, paid most of the £3,000 cost and provided three teams of workers to complete the groundwork over three days.

Weeds have been cut back, gravel laid and raised flowerbeds installed. It now features garden furniture.