Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Memorial tea party in aid of hospice charity

A GARDEN party held to remember a cancer victim raised £1,800 for charity.

A GARDEN party held to remember a cancer victim raised £1,800 for charity.

Sarah Simpson hosted 120 friends and family at her home in Manor Road, Goring, to raise money for Sue Ryder.

Her husband Terry was cared for at the charity’s hospice in Nettlebed during his final two days before he died on June 19 last year.

Mrs Simpson, 47, said she wanted to remember her husband on the first anniversary of his death by enjoying the garden that he loved.

She said: “He spent two years restoring this house and he loved the garden.”

Mr Simpson, a group chief executive of an international road maintenance company, was diagnosed with cancer in January last year. He was initially sceptical about staying at a hospice because he was scared he wouldn’t get the best care but was soon persuaded otherwise.

His widow said: “From the first second he was adamant they were absolutely amazing. They exceeded my expectations too.”

The traditional tea party featured Union flag bunting and marquees and guests enjoyed sandwiches, home-made cakes and tea served on vintage china supplied by Chloe Tigwell, who owns By Cece in Purley.

There was also a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses.

Mrs Simpson said: “It was a fantastic day and I was amazed by the support. My family were unbelievably good.”

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