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The grand finale for our Strictly Charity fundraiser is set to have a host of stars attending. The Strictly Charity glittering Grand Finale on Friday 2nd May will be the gripping climax to three months of rehearsals by the volunteers who bravely signed up to be taught to dance ‘Strictly Style’ by the Ipswich School of Dancing helping to raise much needed funds for us here at Inspire Suffolk. 12 dancing couples will be judged by four celebrity judges and entertaining them on the night will be Jade Mayjean Peters who recently featured heavily as a contestant in a national TV vocal talent show.  The evening will be compered by popular Actor and Presenter Peter Purves and the judges include BBC Radio Suffolk’s Afternoon Show Host Lesley Dolphin and The Royal Ballet Company’s - Principal Character Artist & Ballet Master Gary Avis who has been a guest coach and appeared on Strictly Come Dancing with Darcey Bussell.  

The partnerships have helped to raise money for the charity by gaining sponsorship and individual supporters. There is still room for two businesses to offer sponsorship for this prestigious night. To find out more email

We are an independent charity, inspiring and educating the young people of Suffolk through sport to move on to a motivated and positive future. To sponsor the individual dancers go to the Inspire Suffolk’s JustGiving page 



PGA Professional Simon Jay and his team at Seckford Golf Club are hosting a special Golf Day next month to raise funds for us here at Inspire Suffolk so we can continue to work with young people. They are looking for individuals and teams of four to join them on Friday 9th May from 1pm. After coffee and bacon rolls a shotgun start will kick off the afternoon at 2pm followed by 18 holes of golf on this popular course. The day concludes with a meal, prize giving and raffle. The fee is £35 per person and you can book on as a team or as an individual, for more details call Jo Barker at Inspire Suffolk on 0845 1369 333 or email 

On the green: PGA Professional Simon Jay with Jo-Ann Barker Communications & Fundraising Officer for Inspire Suffolk, with golfers Michael Bell and Stevie Double

Do you have some time on your hands and are you green fingered? Would you like to grow, and eat, fresh veg but don't have the space or knowhow to do it on your own? An Ipswich charity who works with young people to inspire them onto brighter futures is looking for volunteers for their brand new Community Gardening Project. Inspire Suffolk (formerly the ITFC Charitable Trust) are working in partnership with Incredible Edible Ipswich - a newly-formed group dedicated to bringing community veg growing to small, unused areas within Ipswich. Inspire Suffolk are looking for volunteers to help with the planting and caring for vegetables and other 'edibles' in raised flower beds at their headquarters at the former Holywells School site in Lindbergh Road,  Ipswich. Lots of groups use the site throughout the week and Inspire Suffolk would love to see some of them, as well as people living nearby, getting involved by working together to create their own community veg plot.

No gardening skills are required (though anyone with previous experience would be extra-welcome), just enthusiasm and willingness to commit some time and effort to helping let nature do its magic and produce a bountiful harvest. Pupils from Northgate Sixth Form have already pledged their support and Thompson & Morgan have donated seeds ready for planting however Inspire Suffolk are still looking for some gardening tools including watering cans. Lucy Drake from Incredible Edible said “We are excited to be offered this new site at the home of the charity Inspire Suffolk. It's our biggest so far and is a great opportunity to show what can be done by harnessing the skills and enthusiasm of the local community ”


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