Hospice to mark 30 years with 80s event

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Saint Catherine’s Hospice will soon be celebrating 30 years of care – and the first event is a guaranteed Thriller.

The hospice is turning back the clock to the 80s, the decade when Saint Catherine’s first opened its doors, for an 80s Rewind Party which will launch a special year of celebrations.

As well as featuring a full “Thriller” dance routine, the night will include fairground rides, dancing to classic 80s hits, and a sea of shoulder pads and legwarmers for those who opt for fancy dress.

Saint Catherine’s has supported many thousands of families through the toughest times of their lives during 30 years of care. But chief executive Mike Wilkerson said that none of that help could have happened without immense support from the community.

“We cannot thank people enough for everything they have done for Saint Catherine’s over the years,” he said. “It’s their hard work and dedication which has given the hospice a past to be proud of and a future committed to building on what the founders started all those years ago.”

The 30th year celebrations start in April and the launch event will be the hospice’s 80s Rewind Party at The Theatre Ballroom at the Flower of May Holiday Park, Lebberston.

The Scarborough Fair Collection’s fairground rides will be running for the first hour and musical entertainment will be provided.

And the nostalgia doesn’t end there because when people apply for tickets they’ll be given the option of emailing a photo of themselves in the 80s to be displayed on the night, and have a chance to request their favourite tunes from the likes of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”, Madonna’s “Material Girl” and Adam Ant’s “Stand and Deliver”.

The Julie Hatton dancers will also be showcasing all the right 80s moves. Tickets are £20, including a hog roast.

Hospice fundraiser Louise Gravestock said they hoped the event on 18 April would be a night to remember and a fitting start to celebrating 30 years of support for Saint Catherine’s.

“So much has changed since the ‘80s, not just in terms of fashion, hairstyles and music, but at the hospice, too,” she said.

“With the fabulous support of the community, we have been able to develop our facilities and services to provide vital care for more and more families in our area. That’s certainly something worth celebrating.”

Tickets for the event can be bought via the hospice website at www.stcatherineshospice-nyorks.org, or by calling (01723) 378406.