Community events raise thousands

PUBLISHED: 18:00 07 June 2015

Artist Betty Silburn and Weston Hospicecare's Blair Chadwick.

Artist Betty Silburn and Weston Hospicecare's Blair Chadwick.


TWO community events raised more than £5,000 in a single day for Weston Hospicecare.

The first event on May 23 was an art sale organised by 90-year-old Blagdon artist Betty Silburn, which raised more than £3,000 for the Uphill charity.

Betty, a former member of the Somerset Guild of Craftsmen, decided to hold the event in aid of the hospice and was thrilled to raise such a significant amount.

Blair Chadwick, community fundraiser at Weston Hospicecare said: “Betty’s fantastic artwork, paired with her infectious enthusiasm, helped to raise more than £3,000 for the hospice which is enough to fund the in-patient unit for one day.

“We’d like to thank Betty for organising such a wonderful event, and the village of Blagdon for its support from start to finish.”

Meanwhile, a rock concert took place the same day at Hornets Rugby Club and raised more than £2,200 – enough to fund 100 hours of bereavement support at the hospice.

Weston Aid Live featured an array of talent from the town’s music scene and a prize raffle. It was organised by Kirsty Moore, who decided to put the event on in honour of her mother, Lisa Osborne, who is a patient at Weston Hospicecare.

Kirsty said: “My family and I have been so grateful to the hospice, the nurses there and the support they have given to us.

“It’s an incredibly difficult time and to have such a calm and reassuring influence in your life is invaluable.

“Of course, it does cost money to provide the free care.

“Therefore we wanted to put our experience and musical links to good use and put on a concert to raise cash.”

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