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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

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