A SOUP kitchen and craft and cake stall raised £1,200 for the Reverse Rett Syndrome charity, writes Janine Rasiah.
More than 100 people supported the event, which was held at Henley town hall on Saturday, including Mayor Stefan Gawrysiak and Mayoress Catherine Allan-Notaras.
Carolyn Molyneux organised the event after her friend Helen Simmonds, whose six-year-old daughter, Lauren, has Retts syndrome, encouraged 40 people to hold an event in aid of the charity to celebrate her 40th birthday.
The genetic disorder causes severe physical and mental disability and begins in early childhood.
Ms Molyneux, who runs Delegate Conference and Office Services in Hart Street, said: ?It is a very good cause and I am really quite chuffed with the amount raised. Lauren is lovely and I have known her since she was born.?
Soups were donated by Pasquale Lanzuolo, who manages Zizzi in Hart Street, Hotel du Vin in New Street, the Maltsters Arms in Rotherfield Grey and Jennie Cole. Café Rouge in Hart Street donated the bread rolls. There was also a raffle with prizes including a £100 voucher for Rules of Beauty in Hart Street.
Delegate employee Caroline Bowers, who runs Learn with Smartie, held a competition to guess the weight of Smartie the pony. The junior winners will receive a horse-riding lesson and the adult winner will receive a meal
for two at the Five Horseshoes in Maidensgrove.
Mrs Simmonds, who is a trustee of Reverse Rett, said: ?Retts is considered a rare condition but actually one in 10,000 people are born with it. It is a very tough for families to cope with as they have to learn a whole new way of life.?
She set herself a target of raising £10,000 by February next year and so far she had raised almost £25,000.
For more information, visit www.reverserett.org.uk