A campaign to help a charity provide better palliative care in West Norfolk was given a massive boost last night.

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The Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House needs to raise £750,000 to help give people greater choice on where they want to die and launched a fundraising appeal last month.

So far more than £15,000 has been raised but yesterday a book sale in Hilgay, near Downham Market, raised around £5,000 for the Seahorse Appeal, which is being backed by the EDP.

Village butcher Ali Dent has been raising money for charity through biannual book sales in Hilgay for around 30 years – raising more than £100,000 for causes in that time.

Apart from the thousands of books, a variety of other items like CDs and bric-a-brac were also on sale at the Village Hall yesterday.

Mr Dent said the final sum raised for the charity will be known in the coming days but could be as much as £5,000.

He added he was delighted by the amount of people who attended the event and added some had travelled from as far away as Ely and Newmarket.

Anything around the £5,000 mark raised would take the appeal’s total past the £20,000 barrier.

Richard Shaw, Tapping House’s chief executive, added: “Ali is a phenomenal character and always makes a big success of his events. We are extremely grateful to him and the people who support him.”

The charity currently supports more than 280 people every month at its current day care hospice in Snettisham and has the support of 250 volunteers as well as paid staff.

But the charity is moving operations to a full-service hospice in Hillington, near King’s Lynn, next year which will provide 12 in-patient beds.

The new hospice, along with the charity’s Hospice at Home team, will help the charity give a more complete service to more people in West Norfolk, North Norfolk and parts of Cambridgeshire.

But the charity needs to raise £750,000 between now and December 2013.

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