Youngsters art wall presented to hospice


Organisers of the Alderley Edge Village Fete visited Francis House Children's Hospice last week to hand over £1,500 and present a colourful art wall painted by local children.

The fete held at Alderley Edge Cricket Club in July was attended by around 1,500 people and included traditional games, stalls, a fairground and dog show. This year youngsters enjoyed a craft corner in the marquee and decorated an art wall with paintings including butterflies and dinosaurs.

Organisers Emma Bolton of the Lavender Tree and Emma Sharples illustrator and designer of emsOriginal, visited Francis House together with Alderley Edge resident Carole Geary, whose committee of volunteers organises events and fashion shows to raise funds for Francis House throughout the year.

The ladies were shown around the hospice that provides care for over 240 sick children and young adults with life-limiting conditions a year and short term rest for their families.

After seeing the facilities and hearing about the care and support provided, Emma Bolton said: "It was completely different to what I expected. When you think of a hospice you expect it to be a sad place, but there was a lovely atmosphere, very homely and a happy place."

Emma Sharples agreed: "Hearing about the families and how they have to cope with all the different types of conditions their children have, it's great to know everyone is looked after when they come here."

The fete organisers Emma Bolton, John Berry, Manager of Alderley Edge Cricket Club, Keith Lowe and Carole Geary are already planning for next year's fun day.

Photo: (l-r) Emma Bolton, Emma Sharples and Carole Geary.

Alderley Edge Cricket Club, Alderley Edge Village Fete, Francis House Hospice , The Lavender Tree


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Sarah Lane
Tuesday 13th August 2013 at 2:57 pm
What a brilliant cause and a wonderful amount. Fantastic.