Photo gallery: Dancers step back in time for hospice

hanger dancepics by Mick Howes

hanger dancepics by Mick Howes - Credit: Archant

A 1940s inspired dance has seen hundreds of people stepping back in time to raise £8,000 for a hospice charity.

The hanger dance was held at Ellough Airfield, last Friday and Saturday with people dressed up in 1940’s war-time costumes as they enjoyed period music from the Super Swing Big Band and a barbecue and raffle.

Money raised from both nights went to the St Elizabeth Hospice charity, which has a specialist palliative day care service in Ditchingham,

Saturday’s dance was a sell-out and was the 25th held by hospice care supporters.

The night brought the grand total raised in aid of hospice services to £100,000 over the course of 14 years.

Organisers Ken and Sue Woodgate, of Oulton Broad, said they were pleased with how the weekend’s events went and thanked everyone for their support.

Mr Woodgate added: “The weekend’s dances raised around £8,000 which contributes towards the £100,000 raised over the years.

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That is a fantastic amount of money to support hospice patients and their families to live life to the full.”

Fiona Ginn, of St Elizabeth Hospice, said: “On behalf of St Elizabeth Hospice I would like to thank all those involved with the hangar dance, particularly Ken and Sue Woodgate who have put in many hours hard work to ensure that the events were a success.

“Both evenings were thoroughly enjoyed and the money raised will contribute to providing hospice services in the local area.”

A few days before the hangar dance Mr and Mrs Woodgate were joined by supporters John Flanagan, Jane Smith, and Phyliss and Barry Cole, for a visit to St Elizabeth Hospice patients at All Hallows Hospital, Ditchingham.

St Elizabeth Hospice aims to improves life for people living with a progressive illness in north Suffolk and south Norfolk and provides its services free of charge.

In 2012, it opened new specialist palliative day care services in Lowestoft, Ditchingham and Gorleston.

St Elizabeth Hospice has also been providing three hospice beds in conjunction with All Hallows Hospital, Ditchingham.

• For more information about St Elizabeth Hospice’s services in Waveney or how to support the charity visit