Celeb ‘Furnishes’ hospices with award

Our supporters were ‘whipping up’ a storm with their strawberries and cream stand and bottle tombola in aid of the Hospices, at the Englefield Green Village Fair on Saturday.

Sue and Bob Kensey and their daughter Jen, along with friends, have pledged to raise £90k in 2 years, to have a room at the hospices named after their daughter, Paulet, after she passed away at Sam Beare in 2010. The community group are actively fundraising, with the village fair being just one in a number of events including a garden party, lunch and a bingo night, amongst others. They have a Facebook page and a Justgiving page in aid of the cause.

On the day, filmmaker and husband of Elton John, David Furnish, made an appearance to judge the best stand and meet the contenders for the prize. After speaking to Sue Kensey and Chiara Cadei, he judged the Woking & Sam Beare Hospices stand to be the top prize winner.

Chiara Cadei, Hospice Community Fundraiser said “I was really pleased to have the chance to speak to residents of Englefield Green, and found out that general public awareness of the work of our Hospices was really good in that area. This really shows what amazing work our supporters do, not just to raise vital funds but also awareness in their local community. Our stand was really popular and we raised a massive £1100 in just a few hours! It was a real privilege to meet David Furnish who had come along to the fair and judged us as the best charity stall.”

If you want to get involved with community events at the hospice find out how here.

To find out more about how to support Paulet’s Room in particular, visit www.facebook.com/pauletsroom.