Fair raises thousands in the rain

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Hospice Fun Day - By Ai­dan Bar­low

Char­ity bosses say more than 2,000 de­fied the i nclement weather to en­joy an an­nual fun day.

The Pil­grims Hos­pices Summer Fair was held in the grounds at the char­ity’s site in Hythe Road on Satur­day.

Ac­tiv­i­ties in­cluded hook-aduck, a co­conut shy, a tombola and avoid­ing the tor­ren­tial down­pours.

There were also craft and pro­duce stalls and su­per­heroes such as Spi­der-Man and Cap­tain Amer­ica showed their su­per­pow­ers at the co­conut shy.

It was spon­sored by es­tate agents An­drew & Co, with sup­port from com­pa­nies such as Stage­coach, K&L Wines and Faver­sham Ices.

Pil­grims Hos­pices Ash­ford area fundrais­ing man­ager Vic­to­ria Friar said around £20,000 was made. She said: “I am al­ways blown away by the tremen­dous lev­els of sup­port for our char­ity. It was great to see so many fa­mil­iar faces and lots of new ones too.

“Peo­ple travel from far and wide to at­tend this event and af­ter many months of plan­ning we are thrilled that so much money has been raised, enough in fact to fund more than 1,000 hours of the ser­vices we pro­vide com­pletely free of charge.

“A huge thank you to ev­ery­one who showed their sup­port and to the many in­di­vid­u­als and com­mu­nity groups who kindly vol­un­teered to help make this event so suc­cess­ful.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about the hos­pice, visit www. pil­grimshos­pices.org.

Thousands en­joyed the Pil­grims Hos­pices Summer Fair de­spite the poor weather

Pic­tures: Pil­grims Hos­pices

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