Party boosts charity

A woman raised more than £4,500 for a hospice when she transformed her partner’s 50th birthday party into a fundraiser following his tragic death less than two weeks before.

Mark Sullivan and his partner Elaine Osborne, from Brixworth, had spent a year planning a mammoth party for Mark on April 5.

However, Mark passed away at the Cynthia Spencer Hospice in Northampton on Tuesday, March 25 of a tumour that had spread from his kidneys to his heart.

But Elaine, aged 47, her daughters April, Lauren, and Holly and Mark’s daughters Lauren and Rhianna, decided to go ahead with the party in support of Cynthia Spencer.

More than 150 friends, family and colleagues from around the country attended the party at The Plough Hotel in Northampton, with a performance from the band, Skabucks.

The girls designed wristbands to sell and held a raffle which generated £900, doubled by Barclaycard.

Ms Osborne said: “I lived at Cynthia Spencer with Mark for 12 days and they were so helpful – they even let our cat, Theodore, visit for cuddles.

“It was emotional but lovely and I wanted to do it for Mark so badly it brought me strength to get through the day. We made £2,000 and donations are still coming so we hope to make it a yearly event in Mark’s memory.”