Family and friends aiming to raise £10,000 in ten months for much loved Tom

Jodie McGill (middle, pictured with her team) is fundraising in memory of her grandad Tom McGill. 10

Jodie McGill (middle, pictured with her team) is fundraising in memory of her grandad Tom McGill. 10k in 10 months is a series of events raising money for St Nicholas Hospice. A bowling match in Thetford is the latest event to take place. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

A much-loved community figure who died ten years ago is being fittingly remembered by a group of family fundraisers who are aiming to drum up £10,000 with a series of challenges and events.

Tom McGill, from Thetford, died aged 67 in March, 2007, and spent the final days of his life in St Nicholas Hospice.

His family and friends are now trying to raise £10,000 in ten months in his memory, which will go to the hospice.

The challenge is already underway, with a fitness bootcamp taking place each Thursday, and the offer of gardening services in return for a donation.

A string of other events, including Mud Run, Serpentine swimming challenge, halloween fancy dress party and the Thetford Games, on August 28, are all lined up.

The Thetford Games will see 5-a-side football, netball and rounders tournaments taking place.

On August 13, a bowls match took place at King's House Gardens, which saw £1,000 raised, bringing the team's total to more than £3,000.

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Jodie McGill, one of Mr McGill's ten grandchildren, said the family wanted to repay St Nicholas Hospice for its help.

'I think what they do is amazing. We just wanted to give something back to them.

'People do so much fundraising and you are always seeing people ask for sponsorship so we thought we would do something a little bit different, and run lots of events rather than one,' she said.

She said her grandfather was well known in the community.

'He was a real character and lots of people knew him.

'He had ten grandchildren and we were really close. I miss him and hopefully this fundraising will help out the hospice who were there when we needed them,' she said.

Are you running a fundraising event? Let us know by emailing Times editor Andrew Fitchett on andrew.fitchett@archant.co.uk

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