Boost to Hospice from festive fayre

Hipperholme Grammar School's Christmas Fair.
Hipperholme Grammar School's Christmas Fair.

Families gathered at Hipperholme Grammar School for festive fun and raised more than £900 for a children’s charity.

Staff and pupils at the school, on Bramley Lane, were thrilled to open the doors to the local community for their first Community Christmas Fayre to raise money for the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.

More than sixty local traders were involved and even some special guests.

The fayre was opened by former BBC Look North presenter Christa Ackroyd, who spoke fondly about the support the hospice gives to the families of children with life-limiting conditions.

She also told of the huge challenge the hospice faces each year in rasing the £3.2 million it requires to complete this vital work.

Lucy Burnett, senior community fundraiser from the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, announced the winners of the prize draw which included 75 prizes donated by local businesses and stallholders with some donations of higher value sold in a silent auction.

In addition to performances by the junior choir and senior brass band, there was also an art competition including entries from six different primary schools on the theme of “Christmas in our Community”.

Vouchers for art materials were presented to the winners by local artist and illustrator Stephen Waterhouse, who is a former pupil of Hipperholme Grammar School.

In the school’s dining room, mulled wine and mince pies were among the range of refreshments served, as well as a selection of artisan baked breads, biscuits, chutneys and more that the school’s catering team, Wilson Vale, had produced for visitors to buy and take home.

The fun-filled afternoon of music and activities attracted hundreds of visitors and even some former students from as far back as 1943 who came to look around.