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Celebrations for ‘The Centre of Networking’ 

Kesgrave Community centre (KWMCC) celebrated the success of their monthly networking events this month. ‘The Centre of Networking’ organised and hosted by KWMCC and sponsored by Bates Wells & Braithwaite Solicitors, Ipswich, opened its doors last September to provide an informal and fun monthly networking event for local businesses to attend and get connected. Thanks to the support of the event sponsors and those who regularly attend the networking group, they have also been able to support local charity, St Elizabeth Hospice by raising over £600 to date.

Set in twelve acres of land just outside Ipswich KWMCC has a choice of function rooms, free parking and is easily accessible, making it an ideal location for these type of events. The group set up a year ago by KWMCC celebrated their first anniversary at last week’s monthly event, along with representatives from the hospice, sponsors Bates Wells & Braithwaite, guest speaker Glenn Savill from Aston Shaw Accounting and networking attendees from local businesses.

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Photography BY KWMCC  left to right Debbie Austin (St Elizabeth Hospice), Christopher Mason (Bates Wells & Braithwaite), Chris Chenery (Chenery Creative LTD) and Nigel Poorly (Poorly PC)

Jo Barker, Business & Events Co-ordinator at KWMCC, said: “We are so pleased with how popular our networking events have become in our first year, our aim has always been to provide a friendly and relaxed environment for local business people to meet and network on a regular basis. The fact that we can also support our chosen charity, St Elizabeth Hospice through these events is fantastic and this has only been made possible by sponsors Bates Wells & Braithwaite Solicitors in Ipswich. Through their support and the people who attend our networking we are able to donate everything we raise from entry fees, to fun activity donations. The hospice is a great charity, we know how vital fundraising is for them to be able to continue their hard work within the community.”

Jazmin Peach, Corporate Fundraiser for St Elizabeth Hospice, said: “We’re really grateful to all those involved with Kesgrave Community Centre’s Networking and thank everyone who has attended one of their sessions over the last year and donated to the charity. 80% of the care we deliver happens away from the hospice, in our local community, and the money raised here could help us pay for seven home visits by one of our community nurses, helping those living with a progressive or terminal illness in their own homes.”

Their next monthly networking event will take place on Tuesday 11th September from 9.30am-11.30am. For more details please visit or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.