Sally and friends 'Boogie Bounce' for St John’s Hospice

Sally Irving will never forget the care her mum received at Doncaster’s St John’s Hospice, so she marked the tenth anniversary of her death with a fundraiser to say thank you again.

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 11:32 am

But this was no walk in the park – it was a 2.5 hours long sponsored Boogie Bounce that - with Gift Aid - raised a magnificent £820 for the hospice.

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Sally, from Bircotes, a self-confessed Boogie Bounce fanatic - which involves exercising on a small trampoline - was joined by instructors Larna Stoddart and Jess Ormston. The marathon workout was broadcast live on Facebook, with around 20 supporters joining in.

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Pictured with their magnificent sponsorship tally are Sally, Larna, with son Dante, 3, and Jess

She said: “My mum, Linda Copeman, was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and after treatment at Sheffield’s Weston Park Hospital spent the last few days of her life at St John’s. It’s a beautiful place, so calm, peaceful and homely.

“Ten years on from her death in 2011 I thought it only right to do some fundraising to repay the hospice for the amazing care she received. The support I got from well-wishers was fantastic. It's only a smidgen of the thanks I owe to St John’s, but I hope it will help support other patients and families who go there.”

Hospice fundraiser Lindsey Richards, from Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We never forget our patients and their families and they never forget us. We’re extremely grateful to Sally for this generous donation during what has been a very challenging 12 months for the hospice with Covid impacting on our fund-raising activities.”

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