Carnival evening to support work of Hospices of Hope in Eastern Europe

The charity raised more than £32,000 when it held an event in the Millennium Gloucester Hotel’s rooftop conservatory in Kensington.

The organisation, which was founded by Tunbridge Wells resident Graham Perolls, supports hospice services in Eastern Europe, and the Ambassadors from Albania, Moldova and Serbia attended the event.

Around 90 per cent of people in the region have to deal with life-limiting or terminal illness on their own without suitable care.

The money raised will pay a nurse’s salary in each of the three countries, and in Romania, another country the charity serves.

At the event, Albanian violinist Alda Dizdari played some pieces of music and then officially opened a new project to create a hospice network in her country.

Guests heard about seven-year-old patient Larisa, who has cerebral palsy, and her brother Leonard, who appeared on X Factor Romania and performed a rap explaining some of the challenges faced by children with disabilities in his country.

Hospices of Hope’s Chief Executive, Alex Padureanu, said: “The theme of the evening was a journey across both distance and time.

“Hospices of Hope started when Graham Perolls visited a state hospital in Romania after the fall of communism. He saw a young man dying in agony without any pain relief.

“That young man inspired Graham to introduce hospice care into South-East Europe.

“We have come a long way since that chance encounter, and our journey will continue until hospices services are available to everyone.”

Next, the charity is holding a Carnival Event on October 5 at the High Rocks Hotel, including a three-course dinner, music, dancing and carnival sideshows.

Tickets cost £40 per person and can be booked by telephoning 01959 525110, emailing: or by visiting

The hotel provides transport into Tunbridge Wells at the end of the evening.

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