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A Marlborough Christmas to raise funds for a trio of charities

Elf Lisa Utting with Chloe Thomas and Emma Cotton (Brighter Futures) at A Marlborough Christmas 2016Elf Lisa Utting with Chloe Thomas and Emma Cotton (Brighter Futures) at A Marlborough Christmas 2016A Marlborough Christmas will be held in the Norwood Hall, Marlborough College on Saturday 16 December from 10 am to 4 pm.  For the second year running the proceeds will go to Cancer Research UK (CRUK), Prospect Hospice and Brighter Futures, Great Western Hospital’s radiotherapy appeal.

This year the event will host forty five carefully selected stalls, many of whom have been loyal to the CRUK events at Marlborough College for several years.  These include food, drink and last minute present ideas for all budgets.

Local producers include Ramsbury Brewery and "My Apple Juice" whose delicious mulled apple juice will be served in the charity café.  There will be mulled wine as well!  Mince pies and other festive treats will also be available.  Attendees will also have the chance to win great prizes in raffles being held during the event.

Santa will be in his magic garden between 10am and 4pm together with Rudolph and Children are welcome to have their photos taken with him.  There is no extra charge for visiting Santa.

Live festive music will be taking place on the main stage between 11am and 2pm with appearances from:  Marlborough Community Choir, Savernake Winds, The Rock Choir (60 strong) and Great Western Harmony Choir.

Last year’s event raised over £5000 which was shared among the three charities.  It is hoped that this figure will increase this year.

Anne Deuchar, from the Marlborough branch of CRUK told marlborough.news:  “A Marlborough Christmas brings together three amazing charities - all working in their way to help patients and families who are dealing with cancer.  Brighter Futures, a charity based at Great Western Hospital, Swindon, has raised over £1.9M - how wonderful it would be to help make that £2M.  Their focus is on the provision of a radiotherapy unit at the hospital - patients currently have to travel to Oxford for treatment.”

“The Marlborough CRUK Local Fundraising Group are proud to work with Prospect Hospice and Brighter Futures, especially at this special time for all families.  We hope everyone will come and support this fabulous fair - a great day out for all the family.”

Chloe Thomas, Community and Events Manager with Brighter Futures said, “We love coming to the Marlborough Christmas fair. It’s the highlight of our Christmas calendar.  It is great to work so closely with other charities within Wiltshire that offer such a great service to our supporters.”

“Please come along and see us and support these three amazing local causes this Christmas while getting in the festive spirit,” added Mike Kennedy, Community and Events Fundraiser for Prospect Hospice.

Entry to a Marlborough Christmas is by a minimum donation of £3, under twelves are free.

 

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