Ex-hostage at fundraiser

SUDBURY’S Bridge Project raised £1,100 at its first charity dinner evening, which featured Terry Waite as after-dinner speaker.

Around 90 people attended the event and the money raised will be used to replace broken equipment in the charity’s community kitchen in Gainsborough Street.

Students of the Bridge Project, who have learning disabilities, prepared and served food to guests.

Mr Waite, who was held hostage in Lebanon for four years in the late 1980s, has been involved with the charity for several years.

Anesta Newson, Bridge Project chief executive officer, said: “He gave an insightful and entertaining after dinner speech in which he praised Sudbury’s community spirit and highlighted the great work which the Bridge Project performs in training disadvantaged adults and aiding their integration into the wider community.

“It was a night to remember and we were enormously proud of what we achieved, our students and of everyone involved.”