Autumn gift fair for St Catherine’s Hospice

Money raised at New Horizons Appeal (NHA) fairs and events has enabled a community nurse to be sponsored this year.

NHA chairman Liz Kitchen said: “The money we raise from each event is put towards a specific function or piece of equipment to help the wonderful staff at St Catherine’s Hospice carry out the important work they do. We are delighted that we are able to sponsor a community nurse this year and hope to continue this into 2013, but this is dependent on the funds we raise this year.”

The NHA’s autumn gift fair will take place at Knepp Castle, Shipley, from 9.30am to 4pm on Thursday, September 20. Admission is £5, including a coffee and a trendy cupcake, with free parking available on the day. Housed in a large marquee on the polo lawns of Knepp, the fair offers everything from meats produced on the estate to fashion direct from Miami.

Money raised will go to St Catherine’s Hospice, which helps terminally-ill people in parts of Surrey and West Sussex, including Horsham.

Fair organiser Sally Pavey said: “We had to cancel the garden and local produce fair this year due to the wet weather, which has meant we have not raised as much as we would have liked for the appeal. Eighty stalls have been carefully chosen to ensure there’s something for everyone who attends. Every stall donates a raffle prize and 10 per cent of takings from the fair to the appeal.”

Dan-Paul Flores, from Wisborough Green, has created illustrations to give the event its own image. He said: “I hope the illustrations catch the eye of local people as they appear on the fair’s literature, encouraging local people to attend.”

A fair preview night will take place from 6.30pm to 9pm on Wednesday. Tickets, including a glass of bubbly, are available for £10 by phoning 01293 447367 or on the door.

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More than 300 walkers raised about £14,000 for St Catherine’s at the annual Balcombe walk, organised by the Haywards Heath Friends.

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