Christmas Fayre entertains tens of thousands and raises £25,000
- Created on Monday, 02 December 2013 15:38
Visitors enjoyed funfair rides and Christmas shopping at 70 stalls selling clothes, jewellery and cosmetics along with festive food and mulled wine.
Meanwhile, over 250 children met Peppa Pig - the busiest attraction of the day - while hundreds of others were entertained on rides.
Over 13 schools and theatre groups performed Christmas songs on St John's Wood High Street throughout the day, including Sylvia Young, the Rock Choir Saint Christina’s and Sarum Hall School.
Actress Maureen Lipman drew the raffle and then switched on the St John’s High Street Christmas Lights before an Elvis impersonator performed the finale.
The Hospice Fundraising Director Mark Thomas said: "We are so grateful to the whole community for making our Fayre such a success. It was a wonderful event, which everyone seemed to have a fantastic time at - but also raised £25,000. All of these funds will go to providing specialist palliative care to Hospice patients."
“We appreciate the support of all the volunteers who helped out on the day, the St John’s Wood NW8 Business Association and all our sponsors (Lords, Casualty First, Hanover Residential, Anscombe and Ringland, Penrose Care and JPC Law). Without them, we wouldn’t be able to stage such a big event."
“We are planning to make next year’s even better!”
During the day children also got the chance to meet with live reindeer, which were kindly sponsored by the Duke of York. Santa Claus himself also made an appearance near his Grotto on the High Street. He will be in his Grotto on Dec 5 (3.30pm-6pm), Dec 7 (2pm-6pm), Dec 8 (11pm-5pm), Dec 12 (3.30pm-6pm, Sat 14 (2pm-6pm), and Dec 15 (11-5pm).
All proceeds from the Fayre and the Grotto go to the Hospice which is part of the charitable Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth and provides free care for over 2,000 people and their families every year.
The Fayre was sponsored by Lords, Casualty First, Hanover Residential, Anscombe and Ringland, Penrose Care and JPC Law.