CHALFONT FULL OF CHEER
CHALFONT Cheer was a cheerful day for all.
The Epilepsy Society opened its doors to the public on November 25 with its first ever Chalfont Cheer event to get people into the festive spirit.
The family friendly event at the Chalfont Centre, in Chalfont St Peter, included an indoor Christmas market, a ceremony to switch on the Christmas lights and tours of the charity’s pioneering research laboratories.
There was also music from the Gerrards Cross Rock Choir.
Councillor Linda Smith from Chiltern District Council turned on the Christmas lights and said it was a particularly nostalgic occasion for her.
She said: “I am really pleased The Epilepsy Society has revived the tradition of a Christmas fair. I have lived in the neighbourhood for over 40 years and it’s a lovely way of bringing the residents together to see the amazing work that they do”.
In her speech before switching on the lights, Linda said that when The Epilepsy Society held their Christmas fair some years ago, they sold little hand-knitted red boots to hang on the Christmas tree. Linda brought the little red boot with her and charmed the crowd with her story.
The Christmas market featured a range of stalls, from handmade jewellery, crafts, Christmas cards, candles, books, artisan chocolates and more.
Tours of the research laboratories gave visitors the opportunity to see some of the sophisticated equipment used by Epilepsy Society to gain a greater understanding of the links between genetics and epilepsy.
There were plenty of refreshments at the event, with a barbecue and a crepe van outside and teas, coffees and cakes being served in the main hall throughout the event.
Katrina Jones, community fundraising manager at The Epilepsy Society, said: “Following on from the success of our Bank Holiday Family Fun event in August, we were thrilled to open up our doors once again for Chalfont Cheer. Lots of local residents and families joined in with the fun and festivities and stayed for the first ever Chalfont Centre Christmas light switch-on.
“We are proud to mark the start of the festive season with our neighbours and celebrate a wonderful 2018.”
Thanks to donations, Chalfont Cheer raised more than £2,800 which will help the charity to support people with epilepsy through research, information and their epilepsy helpline. The Epilepsy Society thanks everyone who attended the event and donated so generously.
It is smiles all round at the Chalfont Cheer event
(From left) The Gerrards Cross Rock Choir, the fundraising team and research at the Epilepsy Society
Olaf the snowman meets children at the event