Musical friends raise £50,000 for the hospice

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Saint Catherine’s hospice has raised a toast to a group of loyal supporters who have raised a milestone £50,000 for the charity.

The group of friends, who live in Cloughton, have raised the sum from a variety of events and activities held in recent years.

Their latest donation – of almost £5,000 - came from the third series of “Rat Pack” shows held in December.

This follows previous Rat Pack nights, plus talent competitions, cricket matches, sponsored walks and horse rides and other events that the group has staged to raise £50,000.

Rat Pack musical director Mark Gay said the response had been fantastic. He explained: “Every year the shows just get more and more popular to the point this year where we had to add a Sunday matinee to give everyone the chance to see it. We were delighted with the response and the shows were really well supported.”

The shows featured seven singers and a 12-piece band belting out more than 20 hits made famous by the original “Rat Pack” – Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr and others.

Paul “Soggy” Mintoft, who, along with Mark, first came up with the idea for the Rat Pack show. Paul is a long-standing supporter of Saint Catherine’s since they cared for his mum and friend Mick Readman.