Hospice in the Weald celebrates a successful Christmas fundraiser

7th December

Father Christmas was on hand to distribute Christmas cheer

Hospice’s market raises Christmas cheer and welcome funds

Festive live music, specialty crafts and produce galore, plus a twinkling Santa helped to raise Christmas cheer and thousands of pounds at Hospice in the Weald’s Christmas Market.

The Hospice’s extensive landscaped gardens in Pembury were transformed into a winter village, with sparkling lights and decorations at the two-day event last weekend (26th-27th November).  The big man himself was accompanied by cheeky Hospice elves who ensured Christmas was even more special for little ones and Santa also visited the ward to bring a smile to patients.

A wreath-making workshop run by Tilly Bee Flowers proved popular, while bargain hunters could browse more than 40 stalls selling locally made crafts and produce from fashion, jewellery and decorations, including the Hospice’s very own beautifully hand-knitted Christmas chains.

Spirits were high thanks to the tuneful Women in Harmony, Saxissimo, Sarah Harris and the Tonbridge Scout and Guide Band, along with the Hospice’s very own Creative Musician and musical volunteers.

Musicians provided a festive vibe at the event

Over £28,000 raised in funds at the event

Lisa Browning, Relationship Fundraising Manager, said: “This year’s Christmas Market certainly brought a great deal of the magic of Christmas to Pembury. Thanks to our lovely stall holders, volunteers, visitors and all who gave their support, more than £28,000 was raised for the Hospice. Special thanks to the team at HSBC Tunbridge Wells for sponsoring the event and for helping to transform our grounds into a winter wonderland.  The funds raised will help the Hospice make a real difference to the lives of patients and families at a time when they need it most.”

Gardens were decorated with twinkly lights and Christmas ornaments