Money Raised

Below is a list of some of the recent events and donations that have helped us raise money.

I've you've taken part in an event or raised some money for us, please get in touch ( and let us know - we'll happily feature you in our list of successful fundraisers.

Family raises money at charity night
Raised: £1,066.84

After his treatment in the Oncology Unit, Keith Ellis's son and daughter decided to raise money for the Woolverstone Wish.  They held a charity night in August and raised £1,066.84.

The Ellis family are pictured, presenting a cheque to Cheryl Thayer of the Macmillan Woolverstone Wish Fundraising Group.

Christmas Bazaar
Raised: £2000

A great day at our Christmas Bazaar today. A fabulous £2,000 raised!!

Thank you to all those who turned up to support us.

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas...

November 2015 Clothes Swap
Raised: £195

Our November Clothes Swap raised a fab £195

The Swaps are always good fun, with plenty of gossip, tea and homemade cakes in plentiful supply. It's wonderful to see people return time after time and to see some garments returned to find yet another new home - now that's recycling at it's very best!

We've added a tombola to the event and next time we'll have lots of handmade cards too!

Colour Analysis
Raised: £70.00

Jane Bray gave a talk on Colour Analysis to St Augustines Ladies Club and donated her fee to the Macmillan Woolverstone Wish Fundraising Group.

Pictured on the left are (l-r) Anne Petch (St Augustines Ladies Club), Cheryl Thayer (Woolverstone Wish) and Jane Bray.

Felixstowe Community Choir
Raised: £1,500.00

In the week when they celebrated three years of singing together, Felixstowe Community Choir presented cheques to their two adopted charities. Joining  choir members at The Orwell Hotel, Felixstowe, where they meet to sing each Monday, were representatives of SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society) and the Woolverstone Wish Appeal (Macmillan Cancer Support). Each charity received a cheque for £1,500.

Dance Raises Funds
Raised: £974.20

Cheryl Mallet organised a dance at the Cedars Hotel on 10th October and raised £974.20 for the Woolverstone Wish Fundraising Group.

Tesco at Stowmarket provided raffle prizes which help reach the total.

The cheque presentation is pictured on the left (l-r Alison Rivers, Cheryl Thayer (Woolverstone Wish), Cheryl Mallett and Brad Mallett).

Golden Wedding Anniversary
Raised: £365.00

When Don and Kathy Robinson held a party to celebrate their Gold Wedding Anniversary at Hintlesham Golf Club, they decided to raise money for the new Woolverstone Macmillan Cancer Centre.

The evening raised £365.00

School Reunion
Raised: £291

The Westbourne High School Class of 1995, raised £291 at their 20 year reunion. The money was raised through ticket sales and raffle in memory of their greatly missed friend, Tom Hughes.

Thank You Party
Raised: £623.28

Kerry Hurle, pictured left with her son, Finlay, raised £623.28 and here's why in her own words.

"I was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2014 and went on to have six months of chemotherapy, surgery and then radiotherapy. Throughout the whole course of my treatment all of the staff were absolutely amazing!

I wanted to give something back to the unit so had a celebration party on 25th April 2015 to celebrate the end of treatment to raise money for Woolverstone Wish to say a big thank you to all the staff concerned."

Quiz Night At Seckford Golf Club
Raised: £571

Our recent Quiz Night at Seckford Golf Club raised £571.00, which included money raised from ticket sales, a raffle, an auction and donations made on the night.

Once again it was a fun evening and the food was delicious as always.

Well done to our winners, ‘And In 2nd Place’ pictured left.

Next quiz Saturday October 24th.

Ladies Pamper and Shopping Evening
Raised: £483.40

An evening of shopping and pampering held in the Woolverstone Wing raised £483.40.

Ladies were treated to a goodie bag and a free drink on arrival and had many stalls and pamper treatments to chose from - a mini mani by Emma from Little Luxuries, a hand massage by Jane Clark, reflexology from Knots Therapy or Swedish massage from Natural Essence.

Stalls included Puzzle Styling, Tropic Skincare, Ann Summers, Candy GaGa, Body Shop, Little Cuties Boutique, Pampered Chef, homemade and delicious cupcakes, and handmade gifts and cards.

The raffle comprised of items donated by all stall holders.

Table top sale a great success
Raised: £1065.65

Sallyann King and friends held a table top sale over three days in April at the Leiston Coop. The stall had a raffle, crafts, books and bric-a-brac.
They would like to thank everyone for supporting them and will be holding another stall in August.

Pantomime raises £2022
Raised: £2022

The Company of Four held 13 perforamnces of Aladdin at the Riverside theatre and raised £2022 from retiring collections after each performance.

Pictured Adam Kearney (left) and Vicky Hart (Right) who nominated Woolverstone Wish as their chosen charity.

Fundraising and Fitness at the Fitness Unit
Raised: £1000

The Fitness Unit, Felixstowe raised £1000 for Woolverstone Wish in 2014. The money came from a Santa's Bootcamp (pictured left) and a Christmas Raffle with prizes donated by Toppesfield and Hughes Direct.

During 2015 they aim to raise more funds with the following events;

Mar 20th Train the Trainer - Clients opportunity to get their own back
May 9th Bikeathon at The Fitness Unit  - 12 bikes for 12 hours
May 17th Insane Terrain

In addition to this Anita Bond, from The Fitness Unit, is running the Colchester Half Marathon, taking part in The Great East Swim and also the Wattisham Triathlon. And plans to add to this list as the year goes on. Anita is hoping to raise £2015 this year personally.

If you need any more information on the events listed here please get in touch with The Fitness Unit, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich.

Club Captain chooses Woolverstone Wish as his Charity of the Year
Raised: £380.00

Tony Martin was the St Clements Golf Club Veteran’s Captain for 2014 and chose Woolverstone Wish as his charity of the year, raising a total of £380.00

Christmas Carols raise funds
Raised: £3,306.00

The Ipswich Hospital Band raised an amazing amount of £3,306 performing Christmas Carols in the Ipswich area, at Sainsburys, Waitrose, Wyvale and Debenhams throughout December 2014.

Donation in Memory of Ken Dunnett
Raised: £5,000

My name is Angeline Dunnett. As a thank you for the wonderful care and attention given to my husband Ken Dunnett by dedicated staff in the oncology unit and in Somersham ward I am pleased to donate £5,000 in his memory.

Ken fought hard for almost 2 years with this cancer. Regrettably, he died 21st October 2014. Sadly, this was just four months before our golden wedding anniversary.

Family and friends fondly remember Ken as someone with a larger than life personality. He had a positive attitude, was interested in everyone and everything especially music, cars, gadgets and cricket.

Ken was greatly respected for his influence and contribution to the care and treatment of those persons with mental health challenges and for his charity work for carers in this field.

When we lost Ken we lost a very special person.

Craft Stash Raises Funds
Raised: £475.00

Following the death of Linda Brickett, her best friend Sandra Cook followed Linda's wishes and arranged the sale of her craft stash.  The sale was held on 13th December 2014 at the Bramford Scrapbooking Club where Linda spent many a happy Saturday and £475.00 was raised for the Macmillan Woolverstone Wish fund.

Christmas Bazaar 2014
Raised: £2,000 +

November saw another successful Bazaar for Woolverstone Wish, raising in excess of £2,000.

We had a visit from Santa, an array of stalls selling beautiful gifts and Christmas decorations. Children's books, hand knitted items, home-made cakes, jams and chutneys and locally made holly wreaths.

The wine raffle was popular once again, along with the tom bolas for adults and children.

The raffle raised over £500 with the winners receiving some fabulous hampers. One lucky winner went home with a chocolate bouquet, kindly donated by Candy Gaga in Ipswich.

We were also joined by some local sixth form students from Copleston School. As part of their National Citizens Service they came up with the idea of a Wishing Tree to help raise funds and awareness for Woolverstone Wish. The idea is to tie a ribbon to the tree in memory of a loved one, by the end of the day the tree already had a number of ribbons attached. The students will be traveling around Ipswich with the Wishing Tree during December.

Thank you to everyone who came along and everyone who helped on the day. We're looking forward to next year's bazaar already!

Clifford Ladies Club
Raised: £242.75

Clifford Ladies Club raised £242.75 over the course of a few months by holding bring & buy events, cake sales & bingo sessions.

Lynda (pictured here on the right) raised £93 by auctioning numerous craft items, on the evening that Wendy Page, a member of the Woolverstone Wish committee (pictured here in the middle), went to collect the monies raised and give an informative talk about Woolverstone Wish.

Pictured are l-r Beryl, Wendy & Lynda

Stoptober Success
Raised: £215.00

In an effort to stop smoking Sam Gilbey decided to take part in the Stoptober challenge, not only did she succeed, she raised £215.00 in doing so.

Sam sadly lost her Nan and Great Uncle to cancer and although they did not receive treatment in the Woolverstone Wing, Sam decided to fund raise for Woolverstone Wish to help improve the facilities at Ipswich Hospital as she knows many friends have had family members or friends treated there.

Sandra O’Sullivan - My 60th - Birthday August 2014
Raised: £5000

This is a birthday I did not think I would reach, when in June 2006 I was told that I had stage 4 Ovarian Cancer and given 5 years to live. However I have now started my 9th year and am still smiling and going strong. I have had chemotherapy in the unit 6 times; June 2006, two half years later in Jan 2009, eighteen months later in June 2010, and then in January 2012, 2013 and 2014, the latter was due to finish mid July 2014.  

So as I looked forward to my 60th Birthday I had no hair, eyebrows or eyelashes - but that didn’t stop me wanting to celebrate and at the same time raise money for a hospital wing that has looked after me so well and has not changed in the 9 years I had been going.  

With the help of my previous employers Anglia Ruskin University Chelmsford – Finance Department – I had taken ill health retirement in 2011 – who provided me, not only with fantastic venue, but also the tea coffee and cakes. I set about inviting as many friends as I could – August not being a good time for a Party due to all the holidays.

One of my friends kindly made me a lovely, and large, Birthday Cake, so we had plenty more to eat. Another helped with my make–up for the special occasion. Others brought in raffle prizes. So many of my friends joined me; or if they couldn’t sent donations.

I had been overwhelmed at the love and support I have had since I was diagnosed with cancer… But absolutely overwhelmed, amazed and staggered by the support for my 60th Birthday and the generous gifts to Woolverstone Wish.

I hoped that I might raise £1000 and was going to match it. By the day of the party I had already raised in excess of £1000. With the donations on the day; and the raffle and sale of remaining cakes on the Sunday; plus my own gift we were able to contribute an amazing £5000 to Woolverstone Wish. Just Unbelievable!

Woolverstone Wish Charity Fours
Raised: £725.00

Bildeston Carpet Bowls Club organised a charity fours competition on Saturday October 18th to raise funds for the Woolverstone Wish.

Sixty players from Suffolk & Essex played 33 games throughout the day with the final being played between Withersfield the winners and Thurland.

Lunch was served to all the players and the day was complemented with a grand raffle and tombola supported by local traders.

Quiz Night at Seckford Golf Club
Raised: £566

Another successful quiz night at Seckford Golf Club raised £566.

Part of this total was donated by long term golf club member, Frank Colbear (pictured left) who presented a cheque on the evening of the quiz. Frank retired as Course Marshall recently and a tribute act evening was held in his honour. A collection on the night raised £200.00 that Frank chose to donate to Woolverstone Wish. Frank is a patient in the Woolverstone Wing and he says that he couldn't ask for better care and can not praise the hospital staff highly enough.

The quiz evening was accompanied by a meal, a raffle and an auction. Many thanks to quiz master Simon Jay for another entertaining quiz and Seckford Golf Club for hosting the evening.

Charity Evening in memory of Clive Thorpe
Raised: £1,235

The idea of the charity night came after my uncle, Clive Thorpe, lost his battle with cancer on 29th August 2012. I decided that I wanted to do something to raise money for a good cause as well as allow everyone to remember a very special man to so many of us.

On the night itself, I organised a raffle, a quiz, a competition to win a signed Ipswich Town away shirt, and some live entertainment by a local singer, Bec Baldry, as well as the band she performs with - Chevron Smile. As a result of this event, I was able to raise approximately £1,235 for Woolverstone Wish.

I feel very humbled by the level of response I received from everyone who donated prizes for the raffle, who bought raffle tickets, entered the quiz, took part in the shirt competition, or just made a donation. The amount of people who turned up on the night was amazing, and the support was greatly appreciated. I can't thank everybody enough for supporting, donating and helping me  put on this wonderful evening.

As I said, my aim was to remember my uncle and raise as much as possible, and I hope I have made my uncle as proud as my family and friends have told me that I have made them.

Mark Hammond

1st Cotton & Bacton Rainbows hold their own Fairy event
Raised: £30.00

When the 1st Cotton & Bacton Rainbows couldn't make the March of 1,000 fairies, they decided that they would hold their own fairy event instead. At one of their weekly meetings they ditched their usual uniforms and dressed as fairies instead, donning tiaras that they made themselves. They raised £30.00.

Felixstowe Ladies Darts League Collection
Raised: £2,000

Each year the Felixstowe Ladies Darts League nominate a local charity to support. Each of the 12 teams have a collection after each dart match and this year raised £2,000

Pictured l - r, Cheryl Thayer (Woolverstone Wish Chair), and Janet Ray and Terry Lewins from the Felixstowe Ladies Darts League.

The March of 1,000 Fairies
Raised: £2,247.04

On June 22nd 820 fairies gathered in Ipswich town centre in an attempt to break the world record for the largest gathering of fairies in one place. Sadly, this wasn't enough to break the current record, which stands at 871, but it was a fantastic, fun-filled day.

Many fairies marched from Christchurch Park following Samba band - Samboomba - through the streets of Ipswich to the Town Hall where the record attempt took place.

With music, dancing, a roaming magician, face painters, hair braiders, glitter tattooists, a balloon modeller and stilt walkers there was a great atmosphere enjoyed by all who attended.

Special thanks goes to Kerseys Solicitors for organising the event for the second time, and event sponsors - MLM Consulting Engineers Ltd, Baylham Care Centre Ltd, Waitrose, Fixate Retail Solutions and, Games & Giggles.

12 Hour Spinning Challenge
Raised: £1,615

For the third year running, 12 teams of intrepid spinners took to the saddle to keep their wheels spinning from 7pm - 7am. Fuelled by a mountain of sweets and a BBQ the spinners made it through the night and raised £1,615.00

An Evening With Maud
Raised: £195

The sixth annual 'An Evening With Maud' was held this summer, hosted by Robin & Sue Franklin, raised £195.00 for the Woolverstone Wish.

Haircut in memory of Dawn Garret
Raised: £220.00

Lauren Reid had her long hair cut short to raise money in memory of Dawn Garret.

Lauren is 10 years old and good friends with Dawn's son, Ashton, and they put their heads together to come up with this fundraising idea.

Charity Day at Bramford Golf Centre
Raised: £500.00

A charity day held at Bramford Golf Centre, sponsored by Moul-Bie, raised £500 recently.

Pictured here are Sarah Wilson, Professional Golfer at Bramford Golf Centre (right) and Graham Emberson of Moul-Bie (left), presenting a cheque to Cheryl Thayer, Chair of Woolverstone Wish.

Willis Fairy Challenge
Raised: £1000.00

Willis held their fairy challenge today in support of the March of a 1,000 Fairies on the 22nd June-14. The Accounting and Settlement Team were asked to add a fairy to the wall for a donation which resulted in a lovely display of fairies. Children of the A&S Associates were encouraged to enter the fairy colouring competition with the winner receiving a Woolverstone Wish bear. Woolverstone Wish committee members Sara Hook and Julie Hurrell, pictured here, agreed to dress as fairies for the day if colleagues donated an additional £100. Fairy cakes, marmalade, jam, fudge and Woolverstone Wish wristbands were sold on the day. Just under £1,000 has been raised for the Wish.

Haircut raises over £1,000
Raised: £1,000

Charlotte Chamberlain (age 9) wanted to do something to raise money for Woolverstone Wish while her Grandad received treatment in the unit. So she decided to cut her waist length hair to a short chic bob and then donate her hair to a chairty that provides wigs for children in the UK.

Sadly, Charlotte's Grandad lost his battle with cancer a few months later, her family are so proud of Charlotte for her fundraising and of her Grandad for fighting for as long as he did - and always with a smile on his face.

Cake sale
Raised: £120.00

Our recent cake sale in the oncology unit raised £120.00 and sold out within an hour!

Special thanks goes to Hayley McDonnell, Baker at Red Velvet Kitchen, for donating some beautifully decorated red velvet cupcakes.

The next cake sale will be Friday August 8th from 10am

Captain raises £1220
Raised: £1220

Fynn Valley Golf Club’s Captain for 2013-14, Paul Gray, wanted to make sure the money he raised throughout his year helped a local charity. After speaking to friends and other members, he chose Woolverstone Wish, knowing that the work they do will benefit friends and friends of friends undergoing treatment for cancer locally.

Throughout his year as Captain, Paul held various competitions and events and, thanks to the generosity of Fynn Valley members, £1220 was raised.

Paul Gray is pictured here presenting the cheque to Wendy Page of Woolverstone Wish.

70th Birthday celebrations raises £1060
Raised: £1060

Pat Bailey, pictured here presenting a cheque to Cheryl Thayer, Chair of Woolverstone Wish, celebrated her 70th Birthday with a party organised by her daughters. The money raised was donated to Woolverstone Wish as a thank you for the care and treatment Pat received.

Charity Evening
Raised: £2000

Back in April Sharon Tassell, pictured here, organised a Charity Evening at Pauls Social Club, Ipswich. After finishing her treatment in the unit, she wanted to give something back for the support and care she received from Doctors and staff.

The evening was a great success. A one off Bingo game with a full house winning £100 (which was won by two people, both donating the prize to the fund) was followed by a disco.

There was also a raffle, with prizes kindly donated by many local businesses, in total the evening raised £2,000.

Coffee Morning Success
Raised: £885.00

The Darsham Ladies of Leisure held a coffee morning in the local village hall in May 2014, with cakes/preserves, bric-a-brac, books, jewellery and plants and a lovely raffle, along with other stalls. Warming homemade soups were served between 12-2pm - which proved to be most welcome on a rainy, blustery day.

A bear called Woolver
Raised: £225.00

I was brought over from America by my friend Sam. Her friend Anna was having a Purple Themed 50th Birthday Party and wished to raise further funds for the Woolverstone Wish Campaign. £225 was raised on the night.

I surprised Anna with a poem:

Dear Anna,

I am your very own purple bear
sent on a mission by people who care.
To get near the faces
appear at the places
of all the people that you hold dear.

As the party gets under way,
you will see how I got to play.
Some famous faces
in familiar places,
turned out for your special day

I hope you laugh out loud
and I stand out from the crowd.
Not all the faces
at all of the places
but I hope I've done you proud!

With love from: "Woolver" Stone-Wish Bear

60th Birthday donations raise funds for Woolverstone Wish
Raised: £2302.85

Sheamus Cahillane wanted to do something special to celebrate his 60th birthday, and so decided to pay tribute to the successful cancer treatment that he received 5 years ago at Ipswich Hospital.

He organised a party at the Ipswich Sports Club on 5th April, and asked for guests to contribute to the Woolverstone Wish appeal, rather than buy presents.  Heading his request, family and friends were amazingly generous and raised a total of £2302.85 towards the fund.

The whole evening was fantastic and the Ipswich Sports Club was packed!

Pictured here are Sheamus Cahillane with his daughter Chloe (left) and committee member Wendy Page (right)

UK Power Networks, Ipswich
Raised: £1475.00

With a colleague currently under going treatment at Ipswich Hospital, the staff at UK Power Networks, Ipswich, decided to organise a Fun Day to raise funds for Woolverstone Wish, on April 1st.

The day included Dress Down / Fancy Dress Day, a Cake Bake Off, a Raffle and also a Silent Auction, all of which raised a total of £1475.00.

Pictured left are just some of the UK Power Networks superheroes.

In memory of Christine Payne
Raised: £1227.00

Pictured here are Richard Payne with sons, James and Mathew, with Dr Sherwin after presenting a cheque for £1227.00 raised in memory of his wife, their mum, Christine.

Chatsworth Ladies Club
Raised: £700.00

Chatsworth Ladies Club recently donated £700.00 to the Woolverstone Wish following a year of various fund-raising activities, including Bring & Buy Sales and a dedicated Christmas Draw with goodies provided by the members of the club.

The photo on the left shows Wendy Page from the Woolverstone Wish Committee being presented with a cheque by Margaret Brinkley of the Ladies Club.

Auction of Promises
Raised: £12,566.91

Emily Marsh (pictured left with her aunt, Dot Brooks) organised an Auction of Trades which raised an amazing £12,566.91 for the Woolverstone Wish.

A big Thank You to Emily and to everyone who donated to the auction.

The Whole Hog!
Raised: £1064

Susan Elliott and her friend Sally Ward took part in the Whole Hog race in December 2013, raising £1064.00 in the process.

They had to climb over, under and up obstacles and swim through freezing, smelly water.  But all in a good cause!

Wear It Pink!
Raised: £600.00+

Tanya Howard and her colleagues from Christies Care have raised over £600 by dressing up in pink and by selling cakes.

Tanya was a patient in the Oncology Unit and wanted to give something back as recognition for the care and attention she received.

Beachy Head Marathon Success
Raised: £1000.00+

Sam Vincent (pictured) has raised over £1000.00 for the Woolverstone Wish by completing the Beachy Head Marathon.  Sam, who raised the money because of the treatment received by is dad, David, said, "it was a very challenging course, but I am pleased to say I completed it".

If you wish to support Sam and help him increase his total, you can make a donation via his JustGiving page here...

Head-shave raises money
Raised: £250.00

Patricia Harvey recently had her head shaved and raised £250.00 for the Woolverstone Wish as a thank-you for the treatment received by her mother.

Pictured are [l-r] Patricia's sister, Ann Brookes, Cheryl Thayer (Chair of Woolverstone Wish) and Margaret Brookes, Patricia's mother.

Swim for the Wish
Raised: £230.00

Pictured on the left are Laura and Ben who raised £230.00 for the Woolverstone Wish by swimming one thousand lengths of their local pool.

We'd like to wish them well as they start their time at University.

Nearly New Sale
Raised: £410.33

Adele Allinson of Kesgrave, held a Nearly New Sale on September 28th 2013 to raise money in memory of her much loved Grandad, Bob Newlen, who lost his fight with Cancer in April 2013.

Woolverstone Wish is the charity that as a family was chosen for donations in Bob's memory to go to from his funeral instead of floral tributes. The Woolverstone Wing is where he would go for his appointments and treatment and Adele now want's to give something back and help other families that are going through what her family has.

The sale had 17 stalls including tombola, cakes and face painting and there was well over 100 people through the doors and an enjoyable afternoon was had by all. The sale raised £410.33 and since starting her fundraising in May has raised £752.68. Adele is now organising a Clairvoyant evening to raise more money and hopefully taking her over her £1,000 target. See the events page for more details of this event.

If you would like to know more about why Adele wants to raise money for the Woolverstone Wish please visit her Just Giving page -

Ladies Night
Raised: £554.42

The ladies of Ipswich and the surrounding area joined us for an evening of shopping and pampering and made it fantastic fun!

With stalls that included bags, scarves and purses, delicious cupcakes, Ann Summers and a range of beauty products, not to mention some fab jewellery stalls, the night saw lots of shopping and more than a little pampering. On hand to beautify our ladies were, Little Luxuries of Kesgrave offering manicures and pedicures and eyebrow shaping. And to relax and pamper we were joined by Charlotte of Knots Therapy and her amazing Indian head massages, Julie of Julie Bloomfield Reflexology and neck and back massages by Jo Perry.

All stall holders kindly donated a prize to the raffle with raffle prizes also being donated by The Cherrytree pub in Woodbridge who donated a bottle of Adnams Champagne. A mini manicure and mini pedicure voucher was donated by Beauty At The Grange (formally Beautique). A Rosemary Conley month's free membership and a goodie bag, and lots of perfumes and items for our goody bags from Debenhams, Ipswich.

Stall holders included - Beautiful Things Just For You, Abigail Canham Cupcakes, Deli Jewellery, Arbonne Natural Skincare, Dress Up Your Home, Becky 'Ann summers' Jackson, Forever Living Natural Skincare, Simply Jewellery, Neal's Yard, Pampered Chef and Pheonix Cards.

Thanks to all those who attended and made it a fantastic evening!

Clothes Swaps #7, #8 & #9
Raised: £439.00

Our Clothes Swaps are still running every six weeks and are well attended by regular and new swappers alike.

The Swaps are always good fun, with plenty of gossip, tea and homemade cakes in plentiful supply. It's wonderful to see people return time after time and to see some garments returned to find yet another new home - now that's recycling at it's very best!

Our next Clothes Swap is our Christmas Party Wear Special and will be held in the Oncology dept. on Saturday November 2nd, 10am - noon. See our Future Events page for more details.

Empty your wardrobe of last year's party wear and bring it along to swap for something new-to-you.

Last year's Christmas event was well attended and raised the most of all our swaps so far - £363.50.

Wouldn't it be fantastic to do even better this year?

An Evening With Maud
Raised: £400.00

Robin and Sue Franklin staged “An Evening With Maud” in their garden theatre in Kenton for the fifth year running and donated £400 from the profits of the two August evening performances to the Woolverstone Wish.

They would like to thank the company of players (Act One) who performed the eclectic mix of playlets, poems, songs and monologues with them as well as those enthusiastic audiences who supported them.

Old Time Music Hall
Raised: £470.00

The ladies of the Debenham WI and Friends staged an Old Time Music Hall at the Debenham Leisure Centre on Saturday 27 July 2013 and raised £470 for the Woolverstone Wish.

Many of the audience entered into the spirit of the Victorian era and came dressed in the style of the period. The programme included many traditional music hall numbers as well as an enthusiastic performance of the can-can by the Debenham Delights.

The organisers would like to thank all those who helped make the evening such a success including the performers, the food preparers and the audience.

Channel Swim for the Woolverstone Wish
Raised: £1563.00

Local swimmer, Louise Stratford (pictured left with her sister Abigail), from Rickinghall in Suffolk, has successfully completed the massive challenge of swimming the Channel, raising over £1500 for the Woolverstone Wish, in memory of her Uncle Stephen.

After a tough training regime that started back in 2010 with the Great East Swim at Alton Water in Stutton, Louise finally got the chance to undertake the Channel swim at the beginning of September this year.

Louise’s training, with her sister Abigail as training partner, included the infamous 'Hellespont' swim following in the strokes of Lord Byron swimming from Europe to Asia, Alcatraz to San Francisco, the length of Lake Windermere and many hours in the sea along the Suffolk and Norfolk Coastline in temperatures not much more than 15 degrees.

A huge Congratulations to Louise and a massive Thank-You to her and her training and support team.

Tough Mudder conquers Mont Blanc
Raised: £3845

Julien Green, a former pupil of Northgate High School, has recently undertaken three major physical challenges to raise money for the Woolverstone Wish.  Julien's father Mark Green passed away after fighting a 6 year battle against prostate cancer.  During his treatment, Mark was treated at Ipswich Hospital and he and his wife Chris were well supported by the Woolverstone Wish.

As a mark of thanks, Julien took up the challenge of raising money for the charity.  Julien (42) decided to make it a real challenge and took on events that would take major physical effort.  In the last 5 months, Julien has completed a 25 mile walk around the Brecon Beacons in under 12 hours; taken part in Tough Mudder, a 12 mile Army assault course involving jumping into ice baths, jumping off 60 feet high scaffolding, running cross country and through 10,000 volts; and finished off with an expedition to climb Mont Blanc, Western Europe's highest mountain at 4808m.

Julien said, "All the events were a massive physical effort, but my body held up and the knees aren't hurting too much!  A huge thank-you to everyone who has supported me on this journey, a lot of hard work and training has gone into completing each challenge, but it's all going to a cause that's dear to my heart, which makes it more than worthwhile."

Julien originally set out to raise £2000.00, but the fundraising has been so successful, he has revised the target to £4000.00.  Julien has currently raised £3845.00 for Woolverstone Wish and if you would like to help Julien reach his revised target, then you can make a donation at his JustGiving page.

Aimee's Bake Sale
Raised: £109.21

Aimee Ling, a pupil at Copleston High School, recently held a Bake Sale and raised £109.21 for the Woolverstone Wish.

Aimee has also volunteered to help the Woolverstone Wish at future events, so has become our youngest Friend of the Woolverstone Wish.  If you'd like to help support us like Aimee, then take a look at the volunteering information on our website.

Gipping Homes donates £800
Raised: £800.00

Gipping Homes recently donated £800.00 to both the Woolverstone Wish and St Elizabeth's Hospice.

The picture shows [l-r] Jan Garfield (Mayor of Felixstowe), Peter Blemings (Gipping Homes) and Cheryl Thayer (Chair, Woolverstone Wish).

Head-shave to support the Wish
Raised: £1136.74

Tracey Backhouse, pictured on the left with some of her friends and neighbours of Fletcher Road, raised £1136.74 by having her head shaved and holding a barbeque.

Tracey has a very close friend undergoing tratment in the Oncology Unit, which is why she decided to support the charity.

Margaret Cumberland Memorial Ball
Raised: £11,031.93

Sarah Hills organised a Masquerade Ball in memory of her mother, Margaret Cumberland, and raised £11.031.93 for the Wolverstone Wish.

The event was held in the Bobby Robson Suite at the Ipswich Town football ground and entertainment was provided by two saxophonists, singer Serena Grant and a band.

The cheque presentation photo on the left shows [l-r] Nick Hume (Chief Executive, Ipswich Hospital), Sarah Hills and Cheryl Thayer (Chair, Woolverstone Wish committee).

Flutter of Fairies - World Record Attempt
Raised: £2044.70

Our World Record Attempt, on Sunday June 23rd, for the biggest gathering of people dressed as fairies was a fantastic success.  821 fairies came together and we raised over £2,000.00 for the Woolverstone Wish Fund. 

The event got off to a great start with singing by Funky Voices and the Ipswich Gilbert and Sullivan Society.  At midday the counting started and 42 minutes later there were 821 fairies in the arena.

There was a fantastic variety of costumes and everyone had fun with music and dancing while the count took place.  Our MC's on the day were Alan Bateman and Jim Milne and they kept the proceedings on track, led the dancing and compered the competitions for Best Dressed, Most Original and Most Magical Fairies.

We owe a huge thank-you to everyone who made the effort to dress up and support us!

The event was organised by Sharon Wragg and Jane Riley from Kersey's Solicitors and Jessie Caldwell and Hazel Pratt from the Woolverstone Wish Committee.

You can see a selection of photos from the day here.

And keep a look out for our next Fairy Extravaganza...!

Edinburgh Marathon Success
Raised: £1559.00

Kevin Hardwick has recently run the Edinburgh Marathon. Through a combination of sponsorship and also a dress down day at Call Connection, where he works, Kevin raised £1,559.00 for the Woolverstone Wish.

The picture shows Kevin presenting the cheque to Jessie Caldwell and Cheryl Thayer.

Playford Art Club - Exhibition & Worshop
Raised: £233.00

Jenness Proctor from Playford Art Club organised an Exhibition and Workshop on 13th June 2013 and raised £233.00 for the Woolverstone Wish fund.

The day, which was a huge success, included exhibits by the Art Club's members, live painting by some of the artists and the chance to 'have-a-go' at painting.

London Marathon Success
Raised: £3005.80

David Lampard (far-left in the picture) recently ran the London Marathon in aid of the Woolverstone Wish and raised the fantastic sum of £3005.80.

The charity was chosen by his friend and work colleague Christopher Deal, also shown in the picture.  Sadly Christopher died on the 5th June but he was a staunch supporter of the Wish right up until the end.

Our thoughts are with Christopher’s wife, two young sons and family at this time.

IMI & IRTE support the Wish
Raised: £500.00

The local branch of the IMI and IRTE presented a cheque to the Woolverstone Wish for £500 at their Annual General Meeting in April.

Left to right in the photo are: Derek Stammers (Chairman), Karl Pike, Jessie Caldwell (Woolverstone Wish), Dick Hall, Keith Rodwell (Social Secretary).

Clothes Swaps #5 & #6
Raised: £302.75

The Clothes Swaps held in April and May were well attended and added £302.75 to our running total. Since the first Clothes Swap, back in July 2012, we have raised £1327.75. Thank you to everyone who comes along and supports the event. They're always social occasions with delicious handmade cakes!

Our next Clothes Swap is on June 29th, 10am - midday. See our Facebook event ( for full details.

The Universe And Other Diverse Verse
Raised: £800.00

Following his wife Sue’s treatment for breast cancer, and being greatly impressed by the dedication, professionalism, kindness and uplifting approach of the staff of both the chemotherapy and radiotherapy units at Ipswich, Robin Franklin, assisted by Peter Sowerbutts, presented two evenings of readings of his poetry in his new studio in Kenton.

The evening was entitled “The Universe And Other Diverse Verse” and comprised poems whose subject matter ranged from amateur dramatics to meat pies, from mathematics to quantum mechanics and from sheds to leather trousers.

Robin and Sue would like to thank all those who supported the event so generously with ticket sales and donations, all of which raised a total of £800 for the Woolverstone Wish.

80th Birthday Donation
Raised: £500.00

Mrs Strike asked for donations to the Woolverstone Wish in lieu of presents for her 80th Birthday.  A grand total of £500.00 was raised.

Mrs Strike is pictured in the centre of the photo on the left along with some members of her family and Cheryl Thayer from the Woolverstone Wish

Kerseys present cheque
Raised: £2834.93

Kerseys Solicitors in Ipswich have been supporting the Woolverstone Wish for over a year now and have organised a number of fundraising events.

The charity became particularly close to their hearts when Conveyancing Secretary Judy Sykes was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma.  It brought home to everyone in the company just how many people are directly or indirectly affected by cancer.

In spite of it being a difficult time for Judy, her colleagues felt that the Oncology Unit had played such a crucial part in helping her through it all that they have all swung into action to support the Woolverstone Wish.

Pictured on the left are Judy and Managing Partner Anthony Wooding handing over a cheque for £2,834.93 to Jessie Caldwell of the Woolverstone Wish committee.

New Year's Belly Dance
Raised: £500.00

A New Year's Hafla (Zahara Belly Dance New Year's Party) organised by Henrietta Lewis helped raise money for the Woolverstone Wish.  The event included a raffle and donations were collected from the ticket holders.

Henrietta boosted the money raised from a Christmas Fair and Raffle held at the Castle Inn, Framlingham.

50s & 60s Dance raises money
Raised: £2485.00

A 50s and 60s Dance with music played by the Cobblestones Band and held at Sizewell Sports & Social Club, Leiston on 9th March 2013 has raised £2485.00 for the Woolverstone Wish.

The event was organised by Sallyann King who was a patient in the Oncology Unit.

Some sponsorship was given by Sallyann's employer, George East Housewares, and many local shops, hotels and individuals gave raffle prizes and donations.

A great night was had by all, in spite of the weather.

Seckford Gold Club support the Woolverstone Wish
Raised: £1030.00

Yvonne Southey of Elmsett, the ougoing Lady Captain of Seckford Golf Club nominated the Woolverstone Wish as her supported charity for the year.

A variety of succesful fundraising events have been held during the year and Yvonne (left) recently presented a cheque for £1030.00.

Ipswich Choral Society continues their support
Raised: £1250.00

Ipswich Choral Society has raised another £1250.00 for the Woolverstone Wish following a successful Christmas Concert at the Corn Exchange back in December.

The Society have been supporting the Wish for the last two years and have raised over £2000.00.

The picture shows Peter Brunning, Maureen Fell and Linda Scott from the Choral Society presenting a cheque to Cheryl Thayer and Vicky Barber from the Woolverstone Wish.

The Last Chocolate Brownie
Raised: £7000.00

In order to document his journey through his wife Miranda's breast cancer treatment and to keep family and friends informed, David Courteen wrote and published a blog from Christmas 2010 - 2011.  It was so successful that he had it published as a book - The Last Chocolate Brownie.

The publication of the book spawned a series of other fundraising events, including a 10k run, contributions from Think Pink facials sold in Imagine Spas and a Last Chocolate Brownie Ball in September 2012.

The activities and proceeds from the book sales have raised a total of £15,000.00 which is being split equally between the Woolverstone Wish and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

Miranda is pictured on the left presenting a cheque to Cheryl Thayer of the Woolverstone Wish.

If you'd like to purchase a copy of David's book, you can get more information on our merchandise page...


Rushmere Hall pupils support the Wish
Raised: £50.00

A group of year 6 pupils from Rushmere Hall School organised and ran a Cake Stall in support of the Woolverstone Wish.  They raised £50.00.

Pictured on the left are Chloe, Phoebe, Elliot, Robert, Elle, Emily and Adam.

Clothes Swap #4
Raised: £245.00

The fourth Clothes Swap was well attended once again.  Held on Saturday 6th February in the Oncology Department, with refreshments, homemade cakes and a craft stall, the clothes swap raised £245.

Clothes Swap #5 will be on Saturday 6th April, 10am - 12pm, in the Oncology Department (Entrance 15), Ipswich Hospital. Parking is free in Hunnitots car park.

So come along, bring a friend and get swapping!

Quiz at Seckford Hall Golf Club
Raised: £732.00

Organised by Woolverstone Wish Committee member, Judy Newman, the evening was once again a great success and enjoyed by everyone.

The Club's Pro, Simon Jay, was Quizmaster for the event, with questions set by his mother, Elaine.

The 'High C's', pictured here, won by 5 points, with an impressive 97/100.

Charity Disco
Raised: £1,277.00

Dawn Garrett organised a Charity Disco and Raffle in aid of the Woolverstone Wish and raised £1,277.00.

Dawn is pictured on the left along with her son, Ashton, and her colleague at Suffolk County Council, Paul Gant.

Great North Run
Raised: £836.00

Paul Gant (pictured on the left with Cheryl Thayer, Chair of the Woolverstone Wish) recently took part in the Great North Run, raising £836.00 for the fund.

60s & 70s Dance at Golf Club
Raised: £1600.00

A 60s & 70s Dance held in the Rushmere Golf Club in December 2012 has raised £1600.00 for the Woolverstone Wish.  The event was organised by John Cox from the band 'Yesterday' as thanks for the treatment received by one of his friends.

Golf Club supports the fund
Raised: £2600.00

Brett Vale T.A.M.S., which is the veteran section of the Brett Vale Golf Club, recently presented a cheque for £2600.00 to the Woolverstone Wish fund.

The T.A.M.S have over eighty members all 55 years or older, including over thirty members 75 years or older.  They run independently from the main club with their own Captain, who this year is Keith Ribbens.

The money was raised as a result of various golfing activities during 2012.  These included:

  • All competitors in games on Tuesdays and Thursdays paying 50p, with anyone scoring a Birdy on a par 3 or an Eagle on a par 4 winning a sleeve of balls.
  • There were two competitions during the year, sponsored by the T.A.M.S. committee, with all proceeds going towards the total.
  • There were eleven home matches against other clubs in Suffolk and Essex with a raffle and 'funny fines' at each match.
  • All players who found themselves in the bunkers on the 18th hole were fined 20p - you'd be surprised how many do!

Some of the individuals who played a key part in raising the money were: the Captain, Keith Ribbens, who levied the fines on inter-club match days; Richard Elbourne, who runs the sleeve of balls competitions; Brian Banks who runs the raffles on inter-club matches; and last but not least the committee members who run all the matches and sponsor two competitions (Alan Evans, Jim Stewart, Colin Spriggs, Peter Orrin, Richard Elbourne, Keith Ribbens and Brendan Carragher).

The picture shows (l-r) Keith Ribbens, Cheryl Thayer (Chair of the Woolverstone Wish Committee), Brendan Carragher and Vicky Barber (Woolverstone Wish Committee member).

Giant Christmas Craft Fayre a Huge Success!
Raised: £513.00

In early December 2012, Jan Harlott organised a Giant Christmas Craft Fayre at the Cameo Hotel in Ipswich. The fayre consisted of 60 stalls selling locally made crafts and quality gifts. The event was very well attended and the £1.00 admission fee was donated to Woolverstone Wish and totalled £513.

Members of the Woolverstone Wish committee held a stall selling donated handmade gifts and Christmas cards and decorations which raised and additional £95.00.

A Year of Fundraising
Raised: £370.00

The In Between Quiz Group raised £370 from quizzes and raffles held over the past year.

Janice (pictured far left) has had Chemotherapy & Radiotherapy in the Woolverstone Wing and is very grateful to all the staff for their caring, understanding and helpful attitude over her 8 weeks of treatment.  Janice and her friends, and many more who are not in the photograph, wanted to raise money for the Woolverstone Wish as a way of saying a very big “thank you” to everyone involved in her care.

Pictured here, left to right, are Janice, Wendy, Debbie and Sheena

Christmas Flowers raise money
Raised: £335.00

During November 2012, Sally Marchant held an exhibition of fresh and silk flower arrangements for Christmas, at her home in Felixstowe. The sum of £335 was raised for the Woolverstone Wish from a raffle and donations for refreshments.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Festive Fundraising
Raised: £2818.00

In December 2012, the generous staff at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, Fred. Olsen Travel and Fred. Olsen Limited, based on White House Road in Ipswich, joined together to raise a record-breaking £2,818.00 in a prize draw, in aid of the Woolverstone Wish Fund.

This fundraising event is always a festive favourite with the Fred. Olsen offices, and this year attracted an astounding array of over 50 prizes, some worth up to £400, which were kindly donated by Fred. Olsen’s suppliers. Top prizes included: an Xbox 360 - MarineXchange, two box seat tickets for Strictly Come Dancing Live! at the O2 - DST Group UK, several ipads including an mini ipad - Simpleclick and a 26” TV from Global Entertainment.

The Fred. Olsen IT Projects Department have been organising the charity prize draw for a number of years, and were impressed with the generosity of their colleagues across the business this year, especially in view of the difficult economic times. The Department selects a different charity each year, and for 2012, the Woolverstone Wish Fund was chosen as the favourite cause. Other Fred. Olsen fundraising initiatives for the charity included a car wash – held in December 2012, in some of wettest weather the UK has seen in years! – which raised £365.

Clothes Swap #3
Raised: £363.50

The third Clothes Swap was very well attended and by far the most successful one to date! Along with refreshments and homemade cakes, and the addition of a Christmas Craft stall, the swap raised a total of £363.50.

The swap ran from 10am - 12pm on Saturday 10th November in the Oncology unit at Ipswich Hospital. People were asked to bring along items of party wear, and they did just that - everyone went home with something for the party season.

The first and second swaps, held in July and September this year, raised £277 between them.

More Clothes Swaps will be organised throughout 2013, so watch this space...

Bristol Half Marathon
Raised: £640.00

After raising £681 running in last year's Norwich Half Marathon, Joy Weaver, Gill Jones, Jo Lewis and Jess Lewis have taken part in the Bristol Half Marathon and raised another £640 for the Woolverstone Wish.

The picture on the left shows the runners with their medals (l-r Jess Lewis, Jo Lewis, GIll Jones & Joy Weaver).

Cycling Challenge
Raised: £1782.00

Mark Nichols has riden over 600 miles in support of the Woolverstone Wish and has raised a total of £1782.00.

His mother Lin has had treatment at the Oncology Unit and Mark raised the money by riding from London to Lin's three favourite UK destinations - Walberswick (Suffolk), Blakeney (North Norfolk) and Padstow (Cornwall).

The picture on the left shows Mark arriving in Walberswick after an overnight ride in July.

He cycled to Blakeney over two days and completed a 3 day trip to Padstow.

Congratulations and thanks to Mark for this great achievement.

Halloween Cakes at Sainsburys
Raised: £454.00

Members of the the Clothing Department at Warren Heath Sainsburys have raised £454 from a Halloween Cake Stall.

The event was organised by Jodie Wiernicki, helped by her colleagues Pam Rivers and Michelle Wilkinson and all the cakes were baked and decorated by members of the Clothing Department.

The picture shows Debbie Wardley and Jodie Wiernicki.

Money raised in memory of Mary Harper
Raised: £1150.00

Over £1150.00 has been raised in memory of Mary Harper.  Mary was a patient in the Oncology Day Unit as well Somersham Ward and when she heard about Wolverstone Wish, she started supporting the charity by donating money she had received for her wedding anniversary.

Her family and her were always very grateful for the treatment she received and for the dedicated staff who bent over backwards to do all they could to care for her.

Sadly, Mary passed away in August this year, but her family have continued to supprt and raise money for the Woolverstone Wish.

Her son Matthew took part in the Fritton Lake Triathlon, finishing a very respectable 104th out of 196 competitors, raising £735.00 in the process.

Following Mary's wish that money was not wasted on flowers at her funeral, donations received in lieu of floral tributes raised another £415.00.

The photo shows Matthew presenting the cheques to Cheryl Thayer of Woolverstone Wish.

Donation in memory of hospital staff member
Raised: £1055.35

Woolverstone Wish has received a donation of £1055.35 in memory of Anita Brooks who was a staff member at Ipswich Hospital.  The money was donated in lieu of funeral flowers.

Anita's husband, Alan and son Guy, would like to thank everyone who made donations and who are also supporting them during this difficult time, especially Anita’s work colleagues.

A friend and colleague of Anita’s had the following to say, "Anita was the sort of person everyone wanted on their team. She was a very upbeat person, always bright, cheerful and willing to help anyone. She had such a cheery nature and positive outlook that she could make the most bleak day look more promising. She will always be remembered with a smile!"

Quilt Show
Raised: £873.00

Sproughton Quilters held a quilt show in Sproughton Church on Saturday the 22nd September and were able to raise the sum of £873 for the Woolverstone Wish Fund.  It was a fantastic day, with the Quilters answering questions and showing members of the public round their display.

Within the exhibition there was also a craft stall, card stall and a coffee and cake stall.

The whole of the church was decorated with quilts, bags, cushions plus many other craft items that the students had made over the last couple of years.

All the students were amazed at the public support of this event, and they would like to thank everyone who came.

Parcelforce Donation
Raised: £1000.00

Parcelforce in Ipswich are winners of an award for having the best Health and Safety record in 2011-2012 for Parcelforce depots across the country.

The prize was £2000.00 for their chosen charity and they have nominated Woolverstone Wish to share the money with The Meningitis Trust.

The picture on the left shows John Eley, Parcelforce Collection and Commercial Manager for Ipswich, presenting a cheque for £1000.00 to Cheryl Thayer, chair of the Wolverstone Wish committee.

Current total:
We have a goal of £4,700,000.