The Tree of Hope made a focal point of Parkside, the West Sussex and Horsham council offices, last weekend as visitors hang pink gift tags on the ever changing coloured tree for those fighting cancer or that had sadly lost the fight.
The second Pink Gift Fair took place last weekend in aid of the Brighton Cancer Research Laboratories who seek to find cures for all 200 types of cancer and was a resounding success for all concerned.
This achievement can only grow as a Horsham Time Well Spent event as it firmly becomes an annual event to help raise money to beat cancer through groundbreaking research and help people to win the fight against a disease that sadly touches so many people’s lives.
Over 1,000 people attended and raised just under £10,000 for the cause, which is far more than last year.
“We have to thank everyone that attended, shopped, enjoyed the alternative healthcare therapy taster sessions, which were a real hit with the ladies and gents, and the staff at Parkside for all their support and help,” said Sally Pavey volunteer organiser.
Making the entrance to Parkside even more striking Five Oaks Audio branded a black TT Audi with the Pink Gift Fair gift tag Cancer Research logo and placed it outside the doors attracting many a passing admirer. The winner of the free prize draw to win an Audi for the weekend was Mark Ware.
“There are so many people that have to be thanked as without the volunteers, young and old, that helped to dress the venue, put up banners, those that hand out leaflets, help visitors and stallholders at the event, it would not of taken place, and Brock Taylor estate agent saved the charity a fortune by providing the promotional and directional signage for the event.”
Lucy Donovan, Sara Bozic, Laura Ingleson and Sally Pavey, all volunteer organisers would like to say a special thank you West Sussex and Horsham Council for allowing the fair to take place at Parkside. We hope to be back next year, with more healthcare professionals and different stalls, as the shoppers loved the event and the messages of hope on the donated tree, from Newbridge Nurseries, were so very special and heart warming we just have to do it again.
“Fairs like the Pink Gift Fair take a lot of time and effort to organise but it makes it all worthwhile when so many people agree with us volunteers that together we can beat this terrible disease and enable sufferers to live longer by attending and shopping at what was such an enjoyable fair.”
Waitrose, Horsham, added to the hope of finding cures for all 200 types of cancer through shopping by presenting a community cheque to Sally Pavey, volunteer organiser of the Pink Gift Fair, for £306.00.
A cheque comes from the number of green community tokens placed in the fair box of support at the Horsham branch during the month of August.
“We’d like to thank Waitrose shoppers for their support as together we can beat cancer sooner through shopping every September as all the money raised from the fair goes directly to the Brighton Cancer Research Laboratories who are undertaking ground breaking research into the DNA profile of cancer suffers”, said Sally.
“Every pound truly helps and sets the fair as an annual Horsham Time Well Spent event as it helps raise money to beat cancer through groundbreaking research, helping people to win the fight against a disease that sadly touches so many people’s lives.”
Over 1,000 people attended the fair and raised just under £10,000 for the cause and Waitrose cheque will now be added to this.
Together we can beat cancer sooner next year, council wiling, on the 15th and 16th September 2018 so please make a date as it is planned to grow on this 2017 success to make the fair bigger and better and so win the fight as with research the aim is to see 3 in 4 people surviving cancer for 10 years or more by 2034 but this can only be done with locals support.