Saturday, 16 December 2017

Couple raise £1,5000 with fair

A COUPLE raised about £1,500 for three charities by organising a craft fair.

A COUPLE raised about £1,500 for three charities by organising a craft fair.

Hazel and Bill Pattison invited stallholders, including those selling jewellery, woodwork and needlework, to Benson parish hall on Saturday.

The couple, who live in Shillingford, were raising money for the Pathway Workshop in Oxford, Wallingford Toy Library and the Chiltern Centre for disabled children in Henley.

About 200 people visited the fair, which featured a pig roast provided by Benson farmer Rupert Belcher.

Volunteers from the Pathway Workshop helped out.



Mrs Pattison has been selling knitted tortoises coloured like rainbows to raise money for the charities for a number of years. She also wrote a book called

Rainbow The Tortoise And His Pot Of Gold.


She said: “It was the first time we have organised the fair on our own. It was just a very good day. There was a lovely atmosphere and there were always people coming through the door.

“We hope maybe to repeat it this time next year.”

The couple are trustees of the Pathway Workshop and Mrs Pattison is a committee member at the toy library and was a play worker co-ordinator at the Chiltern Centre for 12 years until 2012.



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