Loros Hospice Fund Raiser

Leicester Mercury readers have raised a whopping £17,250 for our Loros hospice appeal in less than two weeks.

The amount collected is on top of a donation of £50,000 left to the appeal in a former patient's will.

Beard shaves, Christmas parties and penalty shoot-outs are among the events organised by readers to support our campaign, which aims to raise £450,000 towards the cost of an extension at the hospice, in Groby Road, Leicester.

We are now urging readers to get behind us to help reach the £100,000 mark by Christmas.

Colin Stacey, Lee Holder and Terry Willars raised £3,000 by having their beards shaved off at the White Horse pub, in Desford.

Colin, of Aylestone, said: "We're really pleased. Some of the donations we had were brilliant.

"We auctioned things such as signed Man United and Leicester City shirts as well. It was brilliant.

"Loros is a really good cause. I recently lost my sister in-law and Loros looked after her exceptionally well."

A Motown night and a raffle at the Rose and Crown pub, in Thurnby, raised almost £150, with money still coming in through collection boxes.

Landlord Steve Ward said: "This charity is close to us as we lost a friend to cancer and we will never forget the way he was looked after at Loros."

Tomorrow, children from Little Kickers youth group, which has classes in Hamilton and Thurmaston, will be raising funds at Thurmaston Lights Up.

Youngsters from Little Kickers will be donating money to take part in a penalty shoot-out, while funds will also be raised through a raffle.

Organisers are hoping to raise about £1,000.

Students from De Montfort University are taking part in a Where's Wally? hunt through the city on Saturday, December 5.

Other events include a Christmas party at Burleigh Community College, in Loughborough.

The event, on Saturday, December 12, features band The Vinyl Throwbacks, a buffet, bar and a raffle, with prizes including a signed Leicester Riders shirt and match tickets and accommodation for a week in a holiday apartment in Spain.

Assistant principal Lisa Fish is being sponsored to wear fancy dress and sing with the band. Tickets are £10.

Members of Leicester Bowling Club have decided not to send Christmas Cards to each other and are instead creating a festive mural in the club house, in Knighton, with members giving donations to include a personalised star.

Spokesman Ray Newcombe said: "We are hoping all those participating will give generously."

Diane Morris, Loros fund-raising manager, said she was "thrilled" with the response.

She said: "We're extremely grateful to people for getting behind the appeal and giving so generously."