22nd June 2015

Toe-tapping fun at barn dance

Toe-tappers at a traditional barn dance in Peopleton have raised over £5,500 profit for St Richard’s Hospice (on Saturday 13th June).

The event, which was organised by kind permission of Sue and Paul Dunne at Old Pound Farm, Peopleton near Pershore, was held in the farm’s barn.

Around 200 guests quickly filled the dance floor where The Whole Caboodle band and caller took partygoers through their steps. In addition to traditional dance tunes the group played music from the 60s, giving a spin on a regular barn dance experience.

Those working up a hunger and thirst were treated to a pig roast and cheese by Ken Tallis and beers and ciders from Wye Valley Brewery and Clive’s Fruit Farm.

The barn dance was kindly sponsored by local business Jelf Clarke Roxburgh and supported by the St Richard’s Hospice Business Patrons.

Rachel Jones, Fundraising Manager at St Richard’s Hospice said; “It was a fantastic evening with everyone getting into the spirit of the night. We are so grateful to Sue and Paul Dunne who spent weeks clearing out their barns. We would also like to thank sponsors Jelf Clarke Roxburgh and E Hill & Sons for their contribution and coming up with the idea. A team from Tesco volunteered and helped the night go with a swing and we are grateful to Barclays for match giving of £1,000. All in all, a great night!”

St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with life-threatening illnesses and supports their families. Each year the hospice team supports over 2,600 patients and family members in Worcestershire with compassion, kindness, dignity and respect.

Patients are cared for in Day Hospice, the 17-bed In-patient Unit or in their own homes by a specialist professional team as well as many trained volunteers.

In the In-patient Unit, specialist staff are on hand 24 hours a day to manage patients’ symptoms and where, if appropriate, patients may spend the last few days of life in comfort and dignity. St Richard’s is an independent charity and is grateful for all donations to help it to continue its work.