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Money for laughs

TV comedians did more than raise a few laughs when they turned up at an event in aid of Bury Hospice.

Stewart Francis and Milton Jones, of BBC 2’s Mock the Week, and Mick Miller, star of cult BBC TV series Ideal, entertained guests at the fundraising ball organised by drainage merchants JDP to boost Bury Hospice funds.

The evening raised around £7,000 after attracting 160 guests. It included a champagne reception, three-course meal and a variety of entertainment.

JDP regional manager Andy Hoartyn said: “We found out about the good work hospices do. We were hoping to raise £5,000 but the final total will be around £7,000.

“This was our first fundraiser. We were very well supported by companies who not only supported us, but turned up on the night. It could not have gone any better.”

It is 21 years since the hospice charity started caring for terminally-ill patients at its centre in Dumers Lane, Radcliffe.

Construction work is now underway on a new £5 million hospice in Rochdale Old Road, Bury. The new building is set to open in spring 2013 and will provide care for even more patients.

Jacqui Comber, hospice general manager, said: “Everyone in the hospice is looking forward to the new building and I can feel the excitement. It has been so long in the planning, but it is becoming real now.

“One of the challenges is that we have the capital appeal, but still need the money to run the hospice. It would be an absolute tragedy if we had a new hospice and couldn’t afford to run it.”

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