Sunday 20th November saw Springhill Hospice transformed into a Christmas winter wonderland with stalls and attractions offering gifts galore, raffles aplenty and tombolas with prizes the like of which we've not seen before.
Visitors in their droves, took advantage of a break in the rain and snow and the free Park & Ride, to shop for Christmas gifts, homebake, homemade curry, toys, books and bric-a-brac, all at the same time as raising much needed funds for the palliative care facility.
"This year, thanks to the generosity of our fantastic supporters, we were able to offer some amazing prizes" said Sarah Ford, the Hospice Income Services Manager. "Following the break-in at Springhill Tea Room the public rallied round and donated fantastic amounts of quality hampers, bottles, homewares, homebake and other goodies which we were able to use to raise money for the Hospice. This year's raffle alone raised a record breaking £581, thanks to such generous donations" added Sarah. "We are so grateful to everyone who contributed to the fair".
Everyone was catered for at this now legendary fair including children who enjoyed face painting from Hospice supporter Loopy Lou, an enormous toy stall with an astonishing range of playthings to buy, topped off with a chance to visit Santa in his Christmas grotto.
"We'd like to thank everyone who donated, everyone who helped on the day and afterwards with the tidying up and the public for their unfaltering support...oh yes and the weather for holding off the rain especially for us" commented Mrs Ford.
This day of festive fun raised a brilliant £11,361, all of which will go to fund patient care at the Hospice, ensuring the continuation of expert care from the doctors, nurses and volunteers.