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Party-goers raise a glass to Pilgrims on New Year’s Eve

Posted on 9 January 2017

This New Year’s Eve saw a quiet village hall in Barham transform into the place to be to see in 2017, thanks to Lisa Jervis and her family who put on a fantastic celebration all in aid of Pilgrims Hospices.

Lisa and her family worked hard to organise a brilliant event; selling tickets, marketing the event on social media and on local free news ads, and posting flyers through the whole of Barham! They also collected a number of fantastic raffle prizes including gym memberships, dry-slope ski experiences, beauty salon vouchers, and indoor-play experiences for the children. Added to this they auctioned off a two night stay at a local B&B, and had the support of Lenleys, a local furniture store, sponsoring the whole event. This all helped aid in the event raising an amazing £1417.10 for Pilgrims Hospices!Speaking to community fundraising officer at Pilgrims Hospices in Canterbury, Sophie Douch, Lisa said “The night was fantastic! It was a lot of work but my grandma used to put one on every year in Barham before she was cared for at the hospice, 21 years ago, so I wanted to do something for both her and the charity. I’d never put anything like this on before but I got some tips from the way grandma used to organise it. I even copied her idea of stringing balloons up on the ceiling in an old net curtain, and had the DJ release them at midnight which covered the floor. It was a great night with everyone up dancing, young and old, and we all toasted midnight with wine that we had donated to us. Lots of local businesses were very generous and with the help of a photobooth and local ‘Oyster Bay Photography’ we were able to capture the evening!”

Sophie said: “Lisa and her family did such a fantastic job with the New Year’s Eve party and having seen the photos from the evening, it was clear everyone really enjoyed it! The incredible amount the event raised could help pay for over 70 hours of care for a patient, which is a huge contribution to the charity, and we are ever so thankful for all the efforts that were put into making the event so successful. I know everyone was asking Lisa whether the party would be on for 2017 and she’s already booked the hall up again, so I can’t wait to see the event grow even bigger.”

If Lisa’s New Year’s Eve Party has inspired you to take up a challenge or help to support Pilgrims Hospices, you can click here to find out how you can help.


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