Charity party to be held in memory of Sheffield mum

A memorial party for a hugely popular local mum will be held this summer to raise money for St. Luke’s Hospice, the centre which cared for her during her illness.

Kate Dunn, who lived in Hillsborough with her husband Gavin and two children, died in January from ovarian cancer aged 35.

The party will be held at Malin Bridge Inn, Hillsborough, to celebrate the fun loving office manager’s life.

Her family had originally planned to hold her wake at this venue, but due to the popularity of Mrs Dunn it was deemed to small.

The landlady of the Malin Bridge Inn, Jill Marston, was still keen to do something to celebrate Mrs Dunn’s life so the idea for a charity fundraiser in her honour was formed.

The event will include live bands and DJ’s, as well as a raffle and an auction, with all the proceeds going to St. Luke’s Hospice.

Some friends and relatives have also volunteered to have their heads shaved and chests waxed to raise money for the charity.

Mr Dunn’s brother, Joe Andrews, 29 said: “While she was dying she was at St. Luke’s. It was the best care she could have had. The staff were amazing and that’s why we wanted to give something back.

“Kate was funny, bubbly and a reyt laugh.

“It’s exactly what she would have wanted. She would have loved all the attention. It’s turning into Kate Fest!”

The family have been overwhelmed with donations from local businesses who have come forward to offer prizes such as spa days and free meals.

Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United have also both offered up prizes, with new signing Jordan Rhodes donating a signed painting of himself.

So far, bands The Little Comets and Vegas Child have agreed to play and more announcements are promised.

John McClure of Reverend and the Makers has also promised to donate prizes.

Anyone is welcome to attend the event which will take place on 25th June at 1pm.

Entry is free and anyone who wishes to get involved or donate should contact John Andrews on 07789 870506, or email john_andrews7@hotmail.com.