Weldmar’s Summer Fete hailed a huge success, raising £22,000
26th September 2022< BACK TO NEWS
Despite being almost October, it was a warm and sunny day at Weldmar Hospicecare’s Inpatient Unit in Dorchester for the much anticipated return of the charity’s Summer Fete.
The popular event had to be cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, and had to be postponed from it’s original date of the 10th September following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, but hundreds of local people turned out to enjoy the entertainment and activities, helping to raise vital funds.
An impressive £22,000 was raised at the event, which will go towards the specialist end of life care that Weldmar provides in Dorset to people living with a life limiting illness, as well as support for their loved ones.
Weldmar’s CEO, Caroline Hamblett, was very pleased with how the day turned out:
The Nurses’ Stall proved to be popular with it’s games and sales of produce, and the Allied Health Professionals team (physiotherapists and occupational therapists) sold an impressive array of plants. Our Patient and Family Support Services team invited children to take part in various crafts, there were lots of other stalls selling everything from clothes to books to homemade cakes, as well as tombolas and raffles.
Lots in the Silent Auction included the opportunity to meet comedian Jason Manford, a James Bond themed bottle of Bollinger champagne, and signed merchandise from David Walliams and Fatboy Slim, among many other popular items.
Those who attended were also treated to performances by The Decadettes, Andy Collett, the Weymouth Ukelalians, the Studio Dance School, and Lou Sams Zumba. There were also activities provided by the Forest School, and South West IT ran a popular virtual reality gaming experience.
Event organiser Clare Ash says, “Everyone has had such a fabulous day, and I’d like to thank everyone for coming along, enjoying the day with us, and helping us to raise such a brilliant total. Thank you to the entertainers who stepped in at the last minute due to the change of dates. We also couldn’t have done it without an amazing team of volunteers who helped set up and clear away, and run the stalls and activities. Staff from across the charity’s different departments helped in all kinds of ways, from serving candyfloss to applying fun tattoos for children, and even counting the money as it came in. Every penny raised will help make a difference to those people in Dorset who need Weldmar’s care.”
Our thanks go to HSBC UK, who sponsored our Summer Fete this year, and to First Bus for supplying our free shuttle service between the hospice and the town centre.
Summer Fete Photo Gallery
Did we snap you at our Summer Fete?