Children’s charity boost from ladies’ lunch

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Alison Shay from Dexter and Mason with Hannah Robinson and Nicola Sciarrillo from Hope House. Pic © Ellie Watkinson JMU Journalism

A children’s charity which looks after the most sick and vulnerable kids has benefited from a lunch event held in Chester.

The event on Thursday, which was held at the Chester Grosvenor Hotel, raised more than £5,000 for the Hope House charity.

Hope House Children’s Hospices, based in Cheshire and North Wales, provides respite and end-of-life care to babies, children and young people, along with offering bereavement support for their families.

Nicola Sciarrillo from Hope House told JMU Journalism: “We’ve had great support from the local community and we’re here to raise money to continue paying our nurses and look after the families that need us.”

A sum of £5,400 was raised through donations from a raffle and games such as charity squares.

Nicola added: “The event was so successful, and the singing waiters were a huge surprise. It’s nice to give back to our supporters. Without them the doors to Hope House wouldn’t be open.”

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This is the second year the Ladies Lunch, sponsored by Thornley Leisure Parks and Crime Prevention Services, has been held. The £40 entrance ticket included a two-course meal, an afternoon tea and a glass of prosecco as well as a range of entertainment for the guests.

Alison Shay from candle company, Dexter and Mason, which also sponsored the event, told JMU Journalism: “Our company has been a supporter of Hope House for a couple of years, as they do amazing work for children with life-limiting illnesses.

“The lunch is a fantastic event that enables us to give something back to Hope House and once again it’s been a huge success.”

Hope House will hold several upcoming fundraisers, including a four-mile walk on the coastline of Barmouth and a skydive at Tilstock Airfield in July.

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