Mini mansion has a big place at Ipswich Hospice
A LUXURIOUS mini mansion, lined with handmade wallpaper, carved furniture and all the trimmings of a lavish home stands proud on a table at Ipswich Hospice.
The dolls house is more than 15 years old and Ipswich Mini Crafters members have spent hours sewing, painting and woodworking to complete the miniature home in time for Christmas.
It was once part of Mini Crafter Vanessa Williams' late mother Helen Williams' original collection.
Helen, also a keen mini crafter, passed away from brain cancer at Hospice in 2012.
Wish a fresh coat of paint, new furniture and a resident pet cat, Ipswich Mini Crafters have donated the dolls house to an Ipswich Hospice fundraiser.
"Mum had a very brief and quiet sudden run in with brain cancer and spent her last couple of months in Hospice," Ms Williams said.
"We were so relived and so thankful for her spot here in Hospice because where Mum would have gone otherwise I don't know."
Ms Williams said the dolls house was a way of repaying the good will Hospice offered to her family years ago.
"I already had a dolls house from childhood that Mum made for me so I approached my club and asked them if they would like to finish the dolls house to donate to Hospice. They were absolutely happy to," she said.
"Mum and I went to Ipswich Mini Crafters for many years, we started there in about 2000 together. Mum used to come in from Lowood every week to go to Minis."
Ipswich Hospice general manager Paul Brew said there was still a chance to win the dolls house raffle and tickets were on sale at Hospice until it was drawn on December 20.
"It's like the Willy Wonker Chocolate Factory golden tickets, they all want that winning tickets. It has captured the imagination of adults and children," Mr Brew said.
"This is an endorsement of the service we provide; people do leave here and many come back like this to send their ongoing regard.
"We don't do this for people to say thank you but this acknowledgement is just absolutely fantastic."