Garden party raises hundreds for hospice in memory of gran

Memorial party for Lily Allon  in aid of St Clare's Hospice.
Memorial party for Lily Allon in aid of St Clare's Hospice.

Relatives got drenched to raise hundreds of pounds in memory of a South Tyneside gran.

Karly Milne and her family organised a garden party to raise for St Clare’s Hospice in Jarrow in memory of her grandmother Lily Allon.

Memorial party for Lily Allon  in aid of St Clare's Hospice.

Memorial party for Lily Allon in aid of St Clare's Hospice.

The 87-year-old, of Brockley Whins, South Shields, died in July 2014 after being diagnosed with four tumours in April.

However, yesterday her family handed over £758 to the charity which was a cause close to her gran’s heart.

Karly, 24, who organised the event with her sister Joanne in their mum Lesley’s garden, said: We were thrilled to bits with how much we had managed to raise.

“We thought we’d get a similar amount to last year’s £450, so when we counted it up afterwards and realised it was nearly double that we were so happy.”

We were thrilled to bits with how much we had managed to raise.

Karly Milne, granddaughter

More than 50 close family and friends attended the party which had a bouncy castle, hook-a-duck, a car boot sale, a tombola and curries for sale.

However, it was the ‘sponge throwing’ which was Karly’s dad Rob Milne, boyfriend,Steve Beaton, cousin David Tunnicliffe and brother-in-law Andrew Hunter, whch raised the most cash.

Karly, a mum-of-two, said: “The sponge throwing event was definitely the most popular. People were paying a fiver just to chuck sponges at the men.

“My poor dad ended up having a whole bucket thrown over him. We raised loads of money by them getting soaked.

“Everyone had a really good time and we’re aiming to do the same again next year in gran’s memory.”

Every year St Clare’s Hospice, which has been running since 1987, must raise £1.4million towards its £2million annual running costs to be able to stay open and help families across South Tyneside.

Most of the cash comes from kind-hearted fundraisers like the Mrs Allon’s family.

Tyler Anderson, the charity’s community fundraiser said: It’s amazing to see the whole family come together to continue fundraising in memory of their grandma Lily.

“The creative fundraising that they had on the day was fantastic, the garden really became a funfair!

“This year, they have almost doubled their target and it’s a reflection of the hard work and passion which they have for helping the hospice.”

Tyler added: “We are very thankful to have such an inspirational family supporting us.”

For more information, visit www.stclareshospice.co.uk.