Park and ride boost for hospice sum­mer fair

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others -

Vis­i­tors to the Ash­ford Pil­grims Hospice’s sum­mer fair will be able to ar­rive in style for free, thanks to Stage­coach East Kent pro­vid­ing a park and ride ser­vice.

Two buses, one a spe­cially liv­er­ied Pil­grims Hos­pices ve­hi­cle, will be on hand to take peo­ple from a tem­po­rary park and ride at Mer­sham Le Hatch, just a mile from the hospice in Willes­bor­ough Road, to the fair be­ing held from noon on Satur­day, Au­gust 3.

Ash­ford com­pany Medash Signs, a long-term sup­porter of Pil­grims, is also pro­vid­ing signs to help peo­ple find their way to the car park it­self. Sat­nav users can pro­gramme the post­code TN25 6NH into their sys­tems too.

Ear­lier this year Stage­coach chose Pil­grims as its char­ity of the year and re­painted a ve­hi­cle with the char­ity’s logo and colours to cel­e­brate the part­ner­ship. That bus will be on duty help­ing to op­er­ate a 10-minute park and ride ser­vice.

To en­cour­age peo­ple to use the park and ride, pas­sen­gers will be given games to­kens for some of the fair’s sideshows.

Pil­grims re­gional fundrais­ing man­ager Nigel Donkin said: “It is fan­tas­tic that both Stage­coach and Medash Signs are help­ing us to hope­fully make this the best pos­si­ble fair ever. It means even more vis­i­tors will be able to en­joy the oc­ca­sion with­out wor­ry­ing about find­ing a park­ing space.

“We will have 45 stalls lined up on the day of­fer­ing all kinds of good­ies, games and sideshows. The first prize in our grand draw will be a week-long five star hol­i­day for up to six peo­ple in Spain.

“Last year’s sum­mer fair raised an in­cred­i­ble £20,000 for the hospice but of course we want to bet­ter that this time around so we’re ask­ing ev­ery­one if they could kindly of­fer any prizes for the raf­fle and tombola.

“We would also be very pleased to re­ceive bot­tles of all kinds, hand crafted items, cakes, books, plants as well as jams and chut­neys.”

Do­nated items can be dropped off at the hospice re­cep­tion, or call 01233 504111 or email nigel. donkin@pil­grimshos­pices.org

Staff from Stage­coach East Kent, Medash and Pil­grims Hos­pices with the Pil­grims liv­er­ied bus at Stage­coach’s Ash­ford de­pot

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