Charity Burns Night raises hundreds for worthy cause

PUBLISHED: 17:00 04 February 2018

Vikki Haywood, Joe Shepherd and Polly Brown at the Burns Night held at Flax Bourton Church.

Vikki Haywood, Joe Shepherd and Polly Brown at the Burns Night held at Flax Bourton Church.

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Tartan clothing and kilts were out in abundance at a Burns Night celebration which raised hundreds of pounds for charity.

Guests at the Burns Night held at Flax Bourton Church.Guests at the Burns Night held at Flax Bourton Church.

More than 70 people packed into St Michaels and All Angels’ Church, in Flax Bourton, to raise money for a worthy cause in memory of two villagers who died in 2017.

The event was supporting Crohn’s & Colitis UK in memory of Simon Haywood and Alan Hitchen.

Alan’s daughter Polly Brown, who organised the party with Simon’s widow Vikki, told the Times her father loved Burns Night, which marks the birthday of legendary Scottish poet Robert Burns.

She added: “Simon, who we called Slim, suffered with Crohn’s as a child, and if you suffer with it you are more likely to develop bowel cancer in the future.

Guests at the Burns Night held at Flax Bourton Church.Guests at the Burns Night held at Flax Bourton Church.

“The event was really well attended, we sold out with more than 70 people coming and we raised £700 for the charity.”

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