‘We didn’t dare dream we could raise so much’

FUNDRAISING FRIENDS: Georgie Turpin with Sue Long from St Nicholas Hospice and Milly Rush.
FUNDRAISING FRIENDS: Georgie Turpin with Sue Long from St Nicholas Hospice and Milly Rush.

Two friends, inspired by their mothers to fundraise, say they have eclipsed their wildest dreams by amassing more than £12,000.

Georgie Turpin, 24, and Milly Rush, 21, handed £6,100 each to St Nicholas Hospice Care and the Motor Neurone Disease Association on Wednesday.

The funds were raised by a ball the pair organised at Alpheton Hall Barns in November.

They began arranging the event after witnessing the efforts of their mums, Debs Turpin and Suzie Rush, who drove from Land’s End to John O’Groats on quad bikes to raise £30,000 for the hospice in 2008.

The epic journey came shortly after Mrs Rush was diagnosed with motor neurone disease.

“Our wonderful mums inspired us to continue with their fabulous fundraising antics and we were really surprised we managed to raise £12,200,” said Georgie, who lives in Pentlow.

“We had been discussing how lovely it would be to go to a ball and then we thought ‘that’s it, we will organise one ourselves’.”

The ball was attended by 250 people. Sadly, it came too late for Mrs Rush, who lost her four-year battle with MND in October, aged 48.

“Suzie sadly died just weeks before the ball but she was involved in every stage of the planning and her presence was felt on the night,” said Georgie.

“I have no doubt she was there judging each and everyone’s outfits and I think it is fair to say everyone was true to Suzie’s motto in life – ‘live, love and laugh’.”

The money given to St Nicholas Hospice Care, which supports people with life-threatening illnesses and their families, will be put towards a new bed at the charity, as requested by Mrs Rush before she died.