Saturday, 21 October 2017

Everyone kept their heads at Mad Hatter's party

A MAD Hatter’s tea party raised about £900 towards a new defibrillator at the Christ Church Centre in Henley

A MAD Hatter’s tea party raised about £900 towards a new defibrillator at the Christ Church Centre in Henley.

Sixty-five guests enjoyed tea, sandwiches and cakes prepared by chef Donna Pritchett at Saturday’s party.


They were entertained by ukulele band Pure Fluke, a tapdancing White Rabbit, played by Soumaya Smith, and a display of Latin dancing.

There was also face painting and children had the chance to meet Alice, played by the centre’s events co-ordinator Becky Spence.

Raffle prizes included a cream tea at Upstairs and Downstairs in Duke Street, four Pilates classes thanks to Diana Lazoro, a photographic portrait contributed by Marten Collins Photography and two tickets to the Henley on Food festival.


Mrs Spence said: “I think the party went really well. Everybody seemed to enjoy themselves and the entertainment was really good.”

The defibrillator, which will cost about £1,200, will be installed externally so it can used by the public.

Mrs Spence said: “We’re on the outskirts of the town centre and we have a lot of people in and out of the centre so that’s why we wanted to raise money for one.”

She said the centre would purchase the device through the Millie’s Dream appeal, which was founded in September 2013 by Sarah Roberts, of King’s Road, Henley, whose daughter has a heart and lung condition.




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