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A businessman who raised funds for charity at his 40thbirthday party, visited St Nicholas Hospice Care to hand over more than £13,000.
Ric Groves, who runs So Bar, in Langton Place, and The Gym, in Risbygate Street, decided to dedicate his party to raising funds for the charity, after his close friend Cloé Gibney died at the Hospice last month.
The party, held at the Unitarian Meeting House, in Bury, was attended by 150 people and ticket sales, profits from the bar, match-funding and a raffle raised a grand total of £13,115.
Included in the auction was a book signed by TV chef Jamie Oliver, as well as two James Bond-themed prizes. One of Ric’s friends asked his colleague, 007 actor Daniel Craig, to make donations to the auction. Thanks to his generosity more than £5,000 was raised through raffling a jacket worn in the film Casino Royale and Daniel’s Omega Planet Ocean watch.