Woman raises £4,500 for Northampton hospice at party turned fund-raising event

Mark Sullivan and Elaine Osborne
Mark Sullivan and Elaine Osborne

A woman raised more than £4,500 for a Northampton hospice by transforming her partner’s 50th birthday party into a fund-raising event, just days after he died.

Mark Sullivan and his partner, Elaine Osborne, from Brixworth, spent a year planning Mark’s milestone party on April 5, but on March 25, he passed away at Cynthia Spencer Hospice after a tumour spread from his kidneys to his heart and lungs and he developed pneumonia.

But Elaine, aged 47, and her daughters, April, Paige, and Holly, and Mark’s daughters, Lauren and Rhianna, went ahead with the party to support Cynthia Spencer and Macmillan.

More than 150 friends and family from around the UK attended the event 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, a sum doubled by Barclaycard.

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

“I wanted to go ahead with the party for Mark so badly it brought me strength to stay smiling and, as donations keep coming, we hope to make it a yearly event.

“Mark brought laughter and joy to my life and always stayed positive,” she added.