Thursday, 05 August 2021

Thousands support Sue Ryder fireworks

THOUSANDS of people attended the annual fireworks display and bonfire at the Sue Ryder hospice in Nettlebed on Saturday night

THOUSANDS of people attended the annual fireworks display and bonfire at the Sue Ryder hospice in Nettlebed on Saturday night.

The event, now in its 23rd year, was organised by the charity with support and advice from the Rotary Clubs of Henley, Henley Bridge and Reading Abbey.

It was held in the gardens at Joyce Grove and raised £14,000.


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Visitors enjoyed a barbecue, mulled wine and beer tent as well as a cake stall and raffle. Glow sticks were on sale and many people wore them as necklaces or glasses.

Entertainment was provided by the Fiesta Steel Band, from Tilehurst, who played rearranged versions of pop songs such as Michael Jackson?s Thriller.

Many children dressed in Halloween outfits for the fancy dress competition, which was judged by Henley Mayor Lorraine Hillier and Sue Ryder?s head of clinical care Karen Guy, head of fund-raising Tracey Hancock and volunteer Sarah Bar-Lev.


The winner in the five and under category was Darcy Williamson-Pound, from Nuffield, who was dressed as a ?blood-sucking lawyer?. The three-year-old wore a wig made of toilet roll tubes and had smeared fake blood on her chin.

The six and over category was won by Honor Bowley, 10, of Eynsford Close, Caversham, who dressed as a vampire. Her younger sister Evangeline, five, came second in the younger age group dressed as a spider.

After the judging, the bonfire was lit and was followed by the fireworks display.

The evening was sponsored by Henley investment firm Invesco Perpetual.

Ms Hancock said: ?Thank you to everyone who came along to support the event despite the miserable wet weather.

?It was a great evening and a key fund-raising event which contributes to the cost of providing our hospice care. A big thank-you to Invesco Perpetual, our volunteers and the Rotary clubs for their support. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year.?


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