Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Charities boosted by Living Advent cash

THREE charities have received a share of more than £4,300 raised by last year?s Henley Living Advent Calendar.

THREE charities have received a share of more than £4,300 raised by last year?s Henley Living Advent Calendar.

Each evening between December 1 and 24, acts including singers, musicians, dancers, storytellers, poets and puppeteers performed at different venues. At each performance, collections were taken and red beanie hats and raffle tickets were sold with the proceeds going to the Chiltern Centre for disabled children in Henley, the Sue Ryder hospice at Nettlebed and Camp Mohawk, near Wargrave.

Julie Perigo, who organised the calendar, presented cheques for £1,436 to representatives of each charity. She said: ?We had 24 marvellous performances and we were so excited by the amount of interest from local businesses in being venues and partners.

?Audiences were twice the size as the first year and there was a lovely mixture every night.

?Plans have already started for next year. We?ve got a list of would-be performers and venues so for the first time there?s going to be competition for who and where we choose for the performances, which is a fantastic position to be in.?

Emma Lerche-Thomsen, a fund-raiser for the Chiltern Centre, said: ?We?re absolutely delighted with the money raised. It will benefit the children at the centre and allow us to offer overnight stays, which is so important to the families who need them.?

Wendy Murgatroyd, regional fund-raiser for Sue Ryder, said: ?It?s great to see so many people supporting a local event and raising money for their local hospice. The Living Advent Calendar is a brilliant concept involving everyone in the town.?

Luke Jansen, centre manager at Camp Mohawk, said it had been an ?absolute pleasure? to be involved with the event.

Deputy Mayor Stefan Gawrysiak said: ?What a brilliant event it was for Henley in December and we would like to thank the businesses that took part. Julie was the driving force with others and long may the calendar continue.?

The Living Advent Calendar was a joint initiative between the Henley Partnership and Henley Town Council and was sponsored by the Henley Standard/Higgs Group as well as Invesco Perpetual, the Head Partnership, Sotheby?s International Realty, Towergate Insurance, South Oxfordshire District Council and CTC-aspire.

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