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2017 Charities Fair Raises Almost £4,000 for Charity

26 Local Charities and Organisations, manning 35 tables took part in the Grand Charities Fair organised by Wimborne in Bloom and held in the Allendale Centre, Wimborne Minster on Saturday 11th November. Between them they raised nearly £4,000 for the various causes they represented. Stalls included those raising money for Breast Cancer, Pramacare, The Samaritans and The Children's Society. The Town Mayor, Cllr Terry Wheeler who opened the Fair also had a table raising money for his Charities, Wimborne in Bloom, Friends of Victoria Hospital, Walford Mill Education Trust and the National Gardens Scheme.

Lil Bolton wins first prize in Charities Fair raffle

John Allen (left) and Anthony Oliver (right), Wimborne in Bloom Committee Members present the First Prize Hamper to the winner Lil Bolton and daughter Lucy.

Richard Nunn, Chairman of Wimborne in Bloom said, "that despite our 'usual' weather for the day, rain again, it did not appear to put people off coming to support the event". He said, "a huge thank you to the Charities who had tables and for the Publics support of this now annual event in the Town Calendar. We had around 550 visitors and we hope that the Fair gave the various Charities and Organisations represented an opportunity to sell their wares and publicise themselves especially ahead of the Christmas Season".

The Wimborne in Bloom team manning their table at the Charities Fair

The Wimborne in Bloom team manning their table at the Charities Fair, with the Town Mayor, Cllr Terry Wheeler.

Zena Brown from Rebekah Fund, won second prize in the raffle

Zena Brown from the Rebekah Fund receives second prize in the Wimborne in Bloom raffle from the Town Mayor, Cllr Terry Wheeler.

Wimborne in Bloom itself had a successful table with five Hampers as prizes and also the proceeds from the entrance money. The overall amount raised for Wimborne in Bloom was close to £900 (which is included in the overall total above). Two of the Hampers were generously donated by Pamphill Dairy Farm Shop and Edwards Estate Agents.

David Morgan from Vision Wimborne, won third prize in the raffle

David Morgan from the Vision Wimborne receives third prize in the Wimborne in Bloom raffle from the Town Mayor, Cllr Terry Wheeler.

Marilyn Barber wins fourth prize in Charities Fair raffle

Marilyn Barber is presented with the Raffle Prize hamper donated by Pamphill Dairy Farm by Wimborne in Bloom committee member John Allen.

Our next fundraising event is the Pre-Christmas Coffee morning being held on Saturday 18th November at the home Anthony and Christine Oliver, 34 Park Lane, Wimborne Minster from 10.00am until 12noon. All are welcome. This event will be taking place just a week before Wimborne in Bloom's 25th Anniversary. Next year's Charities Fair will be held on Saturday 10th November 2018.