Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Volunteer centre raises record sum at annual charity sale

A RECORD £2,200 was raised at the Sonning Common Fish volunteer centre’s annual sale.

A RECORD £2,200 was raised at the Sonning Common Fish volunteer centre’s annual sale.

Hundreds of people visited the village hall on Saturday to buy a bargain and support the charity.

Bric-a-brac, records, antiques, produce and cakes were on sale.

Other local charities, including the Greenshoots garden centre in Peppard, run by the Ways and Means Trust, ran stalls.

There was an auction and raffle which were compered by Fred Nickson, of Stoke Row Road, Peppard, who is head of fund-raising for the charity.



He said: “It’s the fourth time I’ve done it and I wanted to raise more THAn £2,000 so the total was very good and the most we have ever raised. A lot of people were very generous in donating items to sell, including local businesses, and the charity’s volunteers did a cracking job on the day.”

Mr Nickson thanked residents for their support.

He said: “We don’t only cover Sonning Common but all the surrounding villages to the west of Henley. There was a great deal  of support from those villages for us and the other local charities present.”

Mr Nickson said Fish’s proceeds would go towards computerising the charity’s office.

He said: “It costs quite a lot but there are software packages used by other charities and we will need to train staff.”



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