An appeal to complete a state-of-the-art research centre near Norwich has been boosted by money raised from a variety show.

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Margaret Luckett-Gray, from Walcott, who suffers from an undiagnosed bone condition, raised £3,250 for the Norfolk Bone and Joint appeal as a result of the event at Davenport’s Magic Kingdom in North Walsham.

She presented the cheque to professor of medicine at the University of East Anglia, and director-designate of the Norfolk Bone and Joint Centre, Bill Fraser.

The centre is currently under construction on the Norwich Research Park with a price tag of £19m and the appeal is looking to raise the final £1m for the project to help find new treatments and cures for chronic bone diseases including arthritis, osteoporosis, joint replacements and Paget’s disease.

Mrs Luckett-Gray said:“I am always supportive of all orthopaedic research and was delighted to have had the opportunity to raise this money towards the appeal. I would also like to extend a big thank you to everybody who supported the show, and also to the artistes who gave their time for free.”

Prof Fraser added: “Margaret has been incredibly determined to help us move forward in our goal of raising £1m locally towards the building of the new Norwich Medical Research Building, and we cannot say thank you enough for her tireless efforts. This donation helps us construct the Norfolk Bone and Joint Centre, where UEA scientists and medical students will work with patients and clinicians from the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.”



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