THE Christmas Fayre held by one of Wigan’s most popular charities managed to buck the recession.
Wigan & Leigh Hospice’s annual event held at The Rose (formerly the Monaco) in Hindley raised the magnificent total of £5,000 thanks to £500 match funding from the Natwest Bank, up on last year’s sum of £3,900.
And a lot of that was due to Father Christmas and his little helper, six-year-old Robin Wilding who attends New Fold Primary School at Orrell, and is the grandaughter of the Hospice receptionist, Gill Dean.
Robin gave up her Saturday afternoon to assist Santa and was in charge of passing the presents to him out of his sack, while Hospice Chaplain, Ann Cheers kept watch over the long queue of youngsters which remained constant from 12 noon to 4pm,
Fund-raising and Events Officer Julie Dennis, said: “There was also a great range of food and drink. We would like to thank all the many businesses and people who supported by donating food and goods; especially to the many volunteers who manned the stalls and helped in setting them up and taking down etc.
“Special thanks to Trinity Girls Band who again provided some fabulous festive music which got everyone in a happy, seasonal mood”.