Charity : It's The Charity Spirit! (Spending The Night In Haunted Belgrave Hall)
Posted by babafette on 01/09/2003 News by the same author

Most charity fund-raisers will bath in beans, shave their heads or take a parachute jump.

But a group of Leicestershire women are being sponsored to be scared out of their wits. Twenty brave friends are planning to spend a potentially-harrowing night in haunted Belgrave Hall.

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Lynda Marie Kinniburgh, of Asfordby, has rallied the team of volunteers for the experience to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Belgrave Hall hit the headlines around the world in December 1998 when a museum assistant spotted a bizarre blur on footage from a security camera, which then appeared to freeze for five seconds. Two luminous figures, one believed to be wearing a long, flowing dress complete with bustle, were captured on film. The figures appeared to be
surrounded by a halo of light.

Experts from around the globe converged at the hall to solve the mystery and concluded the figures were not human, due to the energy and light they radiated.

Now mother-of-two Lynda, 32, has decided to take the bizarre challenge after watching the Channel 5 TV show Most Haunted.

She said: "I really hope we will have supernatural experiences. We are fully geared up to record any ghostly activities on camcorders and microphones. "We will organise ourselves so every room is covered by a rota of ghostwatch vigils."

The group will be looking for things that go bump in the night during the eerie encounter at Belgrave Hall on October 4.

All funds raised will go to Cancer Research UK's Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM). The event has been organised as a special one-off with Belgrave Hall.

Lynda lost her mother lost her mum, Ann Weston, to cancer eight years ago. She said: "A stay in a haunted house maybe scary, but it is nothing compared to the horror of breast cancer."

Also taking part is Jo Noble, of Asfordby, who is currently in remission from breast cancer. The mother-of-two was diagnosed 18 months ago and underwent chemotherapy and a mastectomy. She said: "I was 42 years old at the time but it is one of those things I had to get through for my children. "I was petrified at the time, but this is going to be even more scary."

The gang are appealing for sponsors to help them raise money. The charity's community fund-raiser Parminder Summon said: "This is one of the more unusual fund-raising activities, but it is a great way of helping us. "Who knows what they will find?''

Breast cancer affects around one in four women diagnosed with cancer in the UK. Around 41,000 new cases of breast cancer were reported in 1999. Statistics show one in nine women will develop breast cancer.

To pledge your support call Lynda-Marie Kinniburgh on 01664 810071

• Story by Amrin Khan, taken from the Leicester Mercury, 28 August 2003.

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