THE Big Build Appeal has been given a boost by a South African-themed dinner party and silent auction, which has raised over £2000 for Solihull’s new Marie Curie Hospice.
Sally-Ann and Jonathan Salmon’s Hampton-in-Arden home welcomed 30 people – some originally from Africa – for home cooked dishes including smoked snoek pate, Cape fish bobotie, and melktert.
Friends and family of Ronnie Bowker, who sadly passed away in December, were hosts and guests at the event. Last year he and his family were given specialist care by the Marie Curie Hospice staff in Solihull. Ronnie Bowker was born in South Africa, and later moved to Birmingham in 1994.
He established himself as one of the city’s most respected business leaders, and supporter of the arts.
The local community is being asked to get involved in the Big Build Appeal and help raise £7m towards the charity’s new hospice building.
The Marsh Lane facility, due to open in 2013, will be offering single en-suite rooms with direct access to the gardens, a greatly expanded day therapy unit, and increased capacity for counselling, and complementary therapies.
* To find out more about the new hospice and how to get involved in the Big Build appeal, visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/bigbuild or call 0121 254 7848.