Successful Glitterati Ball held at Wolterton in June

A fabulous time was had by all who attended our Glitterati Ball last month at the stunning Wolterton Hall. We were extremely grateful to Peter Sheppard and Keith Day for lending us their fabulous home as a venue.

The beautiful Wolterton Hall in Norfolk

The evening started in style with a champagne reception accompanied by Soprano Emma Nuule, followed by a classical duet.

Soprano Emma Nuule

Later on guests danced the night away to rock music from the Norfolk band the Spice Gits. Guests also enjoyed a delicious three course meal with food kindly donated by various local suppliers.

Dancing to the Spice Gits

We held a varied Auction of Promises, with lots including a weeks’ holiday in Tintagel, a tour of Wolterton Hall, various fine jewellery and a painting by Norfolk artist Andy King.

Auction of Promises

In total we raised an amazing £10,972 to support the work of Hospice Ethiopia in Addis Ababa, which will go a long way towards easing people’s suffering.

Guests enjoying the ball

The event has even featured in the Norfolk magazine – see issue August 2022, pages 96-97 including lots of photos of attendees!

Very many thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers for making this event possible.

Lots of washing up afterwards!

Exciting news from Hospice Ethiopia director

It all began when UK doctor Zeb Mebratu was looking for hospice services in Ethiopia for her uncle Anghesom, who had been diagnosed with cancer of the bile duct and liver at the American Medical Center in Addis Adaba. She searched online and came across Hospice Ethiopia UK. She contacted the charity who linked the patient with Hospice Ethiopia in Addis Adaba, which is led by Ephrem Abathun.

After determining the needs of the Anghesom, Ephrem provided him with symptom management, end of life care, and supportive care to the family. This care included pain killers and other essential medicines free of charge. Ephrem remained in close contact with Dr Zeb and her family and they were pleased and grateful for his care and support. After controlling his symptoms, he was able to return home to Eritrea and died peacefully a week later surrounded by his family.

Zeb’s mother, Teblez had a favourite brother who sadly died many years ago of kidney failure. She had been saving money in the intervening years in order to do something in his memory. So impressed were the family at her brother in law’s care from Hospice Ethiopia that she has decided to donate her saved up fund of £50,000 to Hospice Ethiopia in memory of her brother.  After careful discussion with the family part of the donation has been allocated to the Comfort Fund which has been renamed the Tewolde Medhane fund in honour of Teblez’ brother. The rest of the donation will be allocated to a Building Fund which has been established to fund the construction of Hospice Ethiopia’s own premises in due course.

Ephrem and Sue thank Teblez and her family whole heartedly for the very generous donation.

The Wolterton Hall Glitterati Ball

We are excited to announce that Wolterton Hall will open its doors this summer for a sparkling event called The Glitterati Ball. The Ball is on Saturday, June 11th and takes place in the main state rooms of the Hall, including the Venetian Room, the Saloon and the Portrait Room. A dazzling selection of entertainments is promised and guests will be treated to a champagne reception and a three course buffet dinner – all for just £65.

The Glitterati Ball is being held at Wolterton Hall by kind permission of owners Peter Sheppard and Keith Day. Rt Hon Sir Norman Lamb is the patron of the event.

		Glitterati Ball at Wolterton Hall image
Photograph courtesy Christopher Horwood

The evening will begin at 7.30pm with a glass or two of champagne or cordial. The entertainments include live music, with both a classical recital and a dance band, along with an auction of promises, a raffle, a photo booth and a wine bar. There’s also the chance for visitors to see some of the fascinating reconstruction work that Peter and Keith are undertaking in the building and grounds of this magnificent country mansion, once the home of the Walpole family.

“Glitter is the name of the game and we hope people will dress to impress,” says Sue Mumford, chair of Hospice Ethiopia UK. “The most sparkling outfit will win the wearer a bottle of bubbly!

Update on the Big Give 2021

Very many thanks to all our supporters who donated to this year’s Big Give Christmas challenge. We are delighted that with your generous donations we reached our target of £9,000 and with Gift Aid our final total will be over £10,000. The money will be used to train health care professionals at St Paul’s Hospital Oncology and Emergency Departments where palliative care is desperately needed. 50 key personnel will be trained with follow up mentoring at this large teaching hospital. If this project is successful it will be repeated in other public hospitals thereby improving palliative care across Ethiopia. Thank you so much!

The photograph shows doctors at The Black Lion Hospital being taught clinical skills in palliative care.

Get ready for Christmas 2021!

We have 2 beautiful designs for Christmas cards for 2021. First, a new design with mistletoe and second, some more of the hugely popular wren design from last year. Both designs are exclusive to Hospice Ethiopia by linocut printmaker Alice Roberts. Cards in packs of 10 remain priced at £4 per pack and are available from Marion (, Sue ( or the pop up Christmas card shop at St Peter Mancroft church, Norwich (from 19/10/21).

We also have 2022 calendars for sale. Each month has a stunning photograph of Ethiopian landscapes, animals or people. These are only available from Hospice Ethiopia UK, priced at £10 + P&P. Please contact Sue (

The Big Give 2021

Many of you have generously made donations in the past that have helped provide crucial care for patients. We’re very excited to let you know that Hospice Ethiopia UK has been selected again this year to participate in the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2021, the UK’s largest match funding campaign.

We will be raising money specifically to pay for the development of the palliative care service at one of the largest public hospitals in Ethiopia. The project will target St Paul’s Hospital Oncology and Emergency Departments where palliative care is desperately needed. 50 key personnel will be trained at this large teaching hospital. This follows on from the successful development of an Ethiopian standardised palliative care training course in 2020, developed jointly by HE with the Federal Ministry Of Health (Big Give 2020 project).

If successful it is hoped this project will be repeated in other public hospitals thereby improving palliative care across Ethiopia.

Donations to this project will be matched for 7 days, from 12pm on Tuesday 30th November.  So, every pound donated during that period means two pounds for Hospice Ethiopia.

How do I donate?

If you would like to support our work this year, we highly recommend doing so during the Christmas Challenge when your donation will make even more of a difference to Hospice Ethiopia.

After 12 noon on the 30th November, please visit our page at the and follow the instructions. Please note that donations made via other means will not be matched, so it’s really important to go through the ‘big give’ website.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at

Finally, please pass on this message to anyone who you think might be interested in supporting us and having their donation doubled.

Successful charity day at Mannington

On Sunday 5th September there was a magnificent turnout for the Mannington Hall Charity Day, near Aylsham. More than 1000 people came to enjoy the lovely house and grounds, at the invitation of Lady Walpole.

A programme of 12 attractions and entertainments included china smashing, displays of Morris dancing, dog agility, birds of prey, children’s activities and also over twenty five craft stalls. The grounds also played host to a number of Lady Walpole’s invited charities and the musical entertainment from a variety of groups provided a relaxed ambiance for all to enjoy. The café was run by volunteers from Lincolnshire who treated us to a delicious variety of tasty foods. They also provided delicious hampers, which were delivered to the picnic area by the VIP Picnic Butler, from Cornwall.

Judging by the number of comments proffered, the day was very well received by everyone. “Thank you and the team for a lovely day” commented one crafter. “What a special charity to support those with terminal illness in a developing country.  An oasis of humanity.” Commented a member of the ceilidh band.
Special thanks to the hardworking team of volunteers; we could not do this without you! The income for the day, a staggering £9,233, will go a long way to provide the end of life nursing care for the increasing number of the patients seen by Hospice Ethiopia in Addis Ababa.

Thank you so much to all who helped make this such a successful day!

Ethiopian cooking evening 27th February

Do join us for an entertaining evening where you can cook along with Tigist and her friends, learning about Ethiopian food and at the end eating what you have made. Once you have contacted Hospice Ethiopia UK via you will be sent a list of ingredients to obtain (with substitutes for the more unusual ingredients) and the necessary preparations to be made in advance along with the zoom link.

The Small but Significant group of charities working in Ethiopia are privileged to have Tigist and her Ethiopian friends cook their staple food and drink and hear what these items mean to them.

We look forward to seeing you via Zoom on Saturday 27th February @ 7.30pm. Suggested donation £10 per screen.