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It was a Christmas bonanza for Pilgrims Hospice Ashford

Posted on 19 November 2012

A staggering £4,500 was raised at Pilgrims Hospice Ashford Christmas Fair on Saturday thanks to the generosity of more than 500 visitors.

Everything from Christmas cards to coconut cakes, baby blankets to baubles made by patients were sold. Logs from the newly coppiced garden were very popular and, of course, Father Christmas made a special appearance.

Visitors enjoyed the delights of home made mince pies, sausage rolls and cupcakes while soaking up the Christmas atmosphere.

Charlotte Rawlings, who came with her daughter Evie, aged, 5 said: “It was a fabulous sight when we walked in. My daughter was so taken with the wonder of it all. She was delighted to be able to buy a special present for her new born baby brother.

It is such a brilliant way to be able to support the hospice. We had a great time.”

Sharon Burberry, Fundraising Assistant, said: “Pilgrims would like to say a huge thank you to all the staff and volunteers who worked hard to make the event so much fun.

“It is heart warming to know that at a time when many people are struggling financially, their affection for the work we do means they feel able to keep on giving. We nearly doubled what we made last year.

“75% of our funding comes from the local community and today they were out in force!


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