The Theberton Lionesses are getting ready for a fun evening of music and dancing as they fine-tune preparations for their first jazz night, being held from 6.30pm on 25th November, at Westleton Village Hall. The social group organises events to raise funds and awareness for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) and St Elizabeth Hospice.
In addition to music from a six-piece modern jazz band, those coming along will also be able to enjoy a hot meal and mini-quiz. There will be a raffle and drinks can be bought from a licenced bar.
“It should be a lively and fun evening,” said Theberton Lionesses chair Suzi Cooper.
“We’re aiming for a sell-out so we raise as much as possible for EACH and St Elizabeth Hospice. These are two causes we feel strongly about, because both help, care for and support so many people, including their families.
“My view is that if you’re in a position to help others, you should do it and we feel humbled to raise funds for two such amazing charities. We’re extremely grateful for the work they do in our community.”
Suzi is no stranger to fundraising and supporting the hospice movement, having organised various events for many years when she lived in Buckinghamshire. Now she has brought her determination and enthusiasm to Suffolk and is proud to head up the Theberton Lionesses, who meet on the first Thursday of every month, often at the Theberton Lion pub.
“We’re a group of ladies who enjoy getting together, building friendships, supporting each other and organising interesting, top-quality fundraising events,” said Suzi.
“We’re always happy to welcome new members so do contact us if you’re interested. Last September we held a ladies’ night at Snape Village Hall, which raised £1,500. It was based around the themes of colour, style and make-up, with aromatherapy and reflexology therapies on offer.
“Exhibits of homemade soaps and scrubs, handmade jewellery, vintage clothes and silk scarves added to the event and a supper of platters and mini puddings were served to our guests, so it was a busy night! We held a summer tea party in August, which raised £150 from donations alone.
“We’ll be repeating it next year and we’ve got several other ideas in the pipeline, including producing a cookery book, a ‘bring your bakes’ competition, an auction of promises and possibly Greek or Spanish themed evenings.”
Tickets for the jazz night cost £25 per head, which includes a welcome drink at reception and a two-course meal. A booking for a table of six will receive a bottle of wine. They can be bought by calling Suzi on 01728 635736 or sending a WhatsApp message to 07879 685136.