Record amount of nearly £13k raised at fayre

Hundreds of people attended the St Michael’s Hospice Christmas Fayre last Saturday (December 6) helping to raise a record-breaking amount of money.

St Michael’s Hospice’s community fundraiser, Amanda Hildreth, said the hospice was thrilled with the support and the amount raised.

St Michaels' Christmas Fayre 2014 SUS-141112-094536001

St Michaels' Christmas Fayre 2014 SUS-141112-094536001

She said: “We are absolutely delighted that so many people came to our Christmas Fayre, to support the hospice, raising a totally amazing £12,803.76 - this is a record amount! We would like to thank everybody who attend to make the day such a success. We would also like to say a huge thank-you to the Hastings and St Leonards support group who worked tirelessly to organise and create an enjoyable event for all. The group raises many thousands of pounds for St Michael’s Hospice.”

The event celebrated Christmas in style with many festive stalls including a wide array of gifts, bric-a-brac, jewellery, books homemade cakes, raffle and tombolas, Santa’s grotto, mulled wine and mince pies.

Chairman of the support group, Brian Elcomb, thanked all those who donated items to the fayre, the hard working group of volunteers and the overwhelming support from those who attended, adding: “It went exceedingly well. Without our volunteers help it would be impossible to run the fayre. Everything that we sell is donated - the only thing that’s bought in is the mulled wine! Thank you also to Morrison’s for donating the mince pies.”

The occasion also celebrated the retirement of long-serving volunteer Jean Webb. Jean, who has served as a volunteer for 20 years, was presented with a bouquet of flowers.