Friday, 20 October 2017

Fair raises £12k for charity

MORE than 500 people visited a charity Christmas fair at Benson parish hall on Friday.

MORE than 500 people visited a charity Christmas fair at Benson parish hall on Friday.

The 14th annual event was organised by Sarah Oddie and Lesley McCaig, of the Watlington Hospital Charitable Trust and raised £12,000.

The trust was formed in 2000 to provide a local respite home, Watlington & District Nursing Home in Hill Road, to replace the NHS- funded hospital which had previously occupied the site. The home provides nursing, respite and dementia care.

There were stalls selling jewellery, clothes, books and stocking fillers as well as a café run by caterer Charlotte Stuart, offering tea, coffee and home-made cakes. Visitors, who paid £5 each for entry, came from as far as Somerset.

Mrs Oddie said: “It was successful and well attended. We’re offering people the chance to support a local nursing home while having fun doing their Christmas shopping and catching up with their friends.”



Mrs McCaig added: “We had more people, which means we should be able to give a big cheque to the hospital. They are hugely appreciative of everything we raise.”

The women thanked all those who attended for their support. The fair is the only fund-raiser for the trust and all money raised goes directly towards supporting residents of the home.



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