Saturday, 28 December 2013

Home Charity Event For St Raphael's

Back in the summer I chanced upon a truly inspiring charitable event - Jean and Tony in Courtenay Road, opening up their home for a fundraising fair to raise money for St Raphael's Hospice.

Well while many of us were celebrating what could arguably be Worcester Park's biggest weekend of the year, Tony and Jean were at it again, this time with their Christmas fundraiser for St Raphael's.

While the summer event is held in the garden, their Christmas event is an indoor affair (for obvious reasons) and this year they hit the one thousand pound mark for this event.

Tony and Jean leafleted 80 local residents and once again filled their home with friendly people raising money for the hospice. The one pound entrance fee covered tea and coffee and those left over at the end were even given dinner!

Jean told the Blog that many people donate items for their stalls. Family, friends and neighbours all know that Jean and Tony are the people to donate unwanted gifts to for their two annual events. Jean also regularly visits car boot sales looking for suitable new items to sell. Jean's Mother puts together the hamper and most weeks adds an extra item to their weekly shop just to put into it. Other family members bake the many cakes and the hospice provided the Christmas pudding and the brandy butter!

Jean and Tony are members of the Cheam and Worcester Park St Raphael's Hospice Local Supporters Group. This was recently two groups; Jean and Tony were members of the Worcester Park supporters but due to dwindling numbers they have only just merged with the Cheam group.

The main event raised £983 on the day however the group's treasurer had not been able to get to the event and added £17 to the takings to bring the total to a round £1000.

There are several such groups about and they are all looking for support so if you are looking for a local group to join that helps raise money for this excellent cause, have a look at this list of supporter groups and see if there is one near you!