Charity Fair in medieval barn for Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity & St Mary’s Church, Old Alresford


Don’t miss an exciting Autumn Fair taking place later this month in 15th Century Pinglestone Barn, Old Alresford, in aid of Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity, which supports families caring for a child with a life threatening or terminal illness, and St Mary’s Church, Old Alresford.

The event, on 22nd September and held by kind permission of Lord and Lady Wakeham from 9.30am until 4.30pm, will feature 31 fabulous stalls including beautiful cashmere jackets, ceramic kitchen ware, table cloths, leather bound books, jewellery, toddler kit, games, stylish clothing for men and boys, artwork from “Hampshire Originals”, hand blown glass Christmas baubles from Jerusalem, Mrs Richardson’s Pantry and much more.

Rainbow Trust has nine care teams of Family Support Workers across England, including Hampshire, offering emotional and practical support to families at home, in hospital and in the community. Making life a little easier, it supports the whole family; from their child’s diagnosis, during treatment and, if needed, through bereavement and beyond.

Family Support Worker Claire, who supports families in Hampshire and Dorset, has been providing emotional and practical support to the Watts family from Charminster, Dorset, for a year and a half. Hannah and Larry’s nine-year-old son Sam was diagnosed with Sanfilippo Syndrome when he was four and a half.

Claire supports the whole family and picks up Sam’s five-year-old sister Georgia from school and takes her on fun excursions to the beach or soft play.
Hannah said: “They have a really good relationship. Claire takes me for a coffee if I’m feeling a bit down and looks after Sam. She is part of the family. Rainbow Trust supports the whole family so they give something that no one else can offer. Rainbow Trust gives us the help we did not know we needed. It helps us enormously and I cannot speak highly enough of them.”

Lady Wakeham added: “We are delighted to open up Pinglestone Barn to host the Autumn Fair. Rainbow Trust is a phenomenal charity and does a lot of work in Hampshire and St Mary’s is our local church and an important part of the Old Alresford community, two very deserving organisations.”

Rainbow Trust is a national charity which relies almost entirely on voluntary donations and thanks to its generous supporters helps over 2,000 families in England.

Entrance £5.00 Friday 22nd September 2017, 9.30 a.m-4.30 p.m, Pinglestone Barn, Old Alresford, SO24 9TB. Wine, refreshments, excellent parking.

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