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Weldmar Hospice Cash In

Weldmar Hospicecare Trust

12:15am 30th September 2012

The 2012 Weldmar Summer Fete took place on Saturday 15th September raised almost £37,000.

Originally planned for July, it had to be postponed due to severe flooding of the meadow at Joseph Weld Hospice in Dorchester.

A week before the day of the reorganised fete, a fire in the hospice grounds destroyed all the donated stock.

Following appeals via Facebook and the Dorset Echo there was an amazing response by the local communities.  A constant stream of people arrived, not just at Joseph Weld Hospice and Trimar Day Hospice, but also at Weymouth Football Club, donating goods for Weldmar to sell. Supporters also galvanised their friends and neighbours to collect things for Weldmar. The local radio, Wessex FM, also helped with the appeal and everyone at Weldmar was overwhelmed by the response.

Matt Smith, Events/Challenges Fundraiser, said "We would not have been able to cope with the sorting and pricing of all these items without the dedicated help of our volunteers.  They were terrific; sorting and pricing all the new donations and having to work twice as hard to get it all done in time - all on top of having already doing this for the goods that had been destroyed.

The support we received from the local community was fantastic. Not only did local residents rally round to replenish the items that were destroyed in the fire but they also came in their thousands through the gate making this year the most attended fete to date. The money raised from the event will go towards caring for patients and their families in their time of need. Without the generosity of the local community this would not be possible so a massive thank you to everyone who supported our seventeenth Fete".

Caroline Nickinson, Director of Fundraising, said "On behalf of everyone at Weldmar Hospicecare I would like to thank each volunteer and member of staff who gave up their time to help. Thank you also to all those who helped set up, run and clear away the event and, most importantly to each and every person who came and supported the event, helping us to raise our best total yet".

Over 2,500 adults and children attended the Fete and enjoyed themselves in the late summer sunshine, helping to raise almost £37,000.

With the volume of goods that were donated, it was impossible to sort and price them all by the day of the fete.  Weldmar are therefore planning to hold an "Autumn Bazaar" on Saturday 13th October 2012 between 10am and 3pm at Kings Point House, Poundbury (close to Poundbury Garden Centre).

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