Charity ball for Roger and Jean - Memorial event raises over £4,000 for hospice

Family members with St Andrew's Hospice Representative, Nick Lilley. EMN-151103-154024001
Family members with St Andrew's Hospice Representative, Nick Lilley. EMN-151103-154024001

A charity ball in memory of two much-loved Louth people has raised more than £4,000 for the new state-of-the-art St Andrew’s Hospice.

The event was held to celebrate the lives of Roger Chester and Jean Addison, who both worked at Linpac in Louth during their careers.

Families and friends joined together to raise a fantastic £4,303.30 at The Brackenborough Hotel, 
which has been donated specifically towards the hospice’s £2.5 million ‘Building On Care’ appeal.

Barbara Chester, 66, lost her husband to pancreatic cancer on December 16, 2013, and was cared for at St Andrew’s Hospice.

Barbara, from Fotherby, said: “Roger was 70 when he died, four days after his birthday.

“Life was his hobby; he would definitely have been the first on the dance floor wearing his red braces.

“I am so proud that so many people came, and humbled that so much money has 
been raised.”

Roger’s daughter Rachael Chester said: “The ball was such a lovely family occasion as well as a chance for people to remember. The hospice is such an important facility.”

Nick Lilley, 69, of Louth, lost his partner Jean to ovarian cancer on June 10 last year. She was 60 years old.

Nick said: “The Brackenborough was the venue we gathered at for Jean’s funeral. Many of her work colleagues thought it was lovely and spoke about hosting an event in memory of her and Roger.

“People came from different parts of the country to attend the ball, which was lovely to see. I felt so proud that so many people wanted to show how much they cared.

“Jean was fun loving, bubbly and the life and soul of the party. She loved holidays, food and drink, 
and her family.”

Jules White, Jean’s sister, added: “Jean would have loved it, and would have been on the dance floor. Both Jean and Roger would have given the event a big thumbs-up, that’s for sure.

“People gave so generously to the Jean Addison & Roger Chester Memorial Fund. Thank you so much.”

Dom Rudd, who was involved in organising the event, said: “A total of 115 people attended and we would like to say a big thank-you to them, as well as all the organisations that made donations.

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