Veterans Lunch Brings in Presents and Donations for Children's Hospice

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By CHSW_ | Monday, December 16, 2013, 16:13

Veterans from St Agnes and the surrounding area enjoyed a festive Christmas Lunch last week where they also all brought along wrapped presents to donate to the children who use Little Harbour – Children's Hospice South West's (CHSW) children's hospice in St Austell.

The plan to organise a Christmas Lunch and get everyone to bring a present was the idea of local man George Mannell who has supported CHSW since the Precious Lives Appeal to build Little Harbour which has now been open for two years.

Members of the community really got into the Christmas spirit and went on shopping trips together to buy presents to wrap up for the children this Christmas. 

The lunch was held at St Agnes Methodist Church where Joan Beckett helped to enhance the festive feel by reading Christmas Stories and opera singer Caroline Childe entertained the diners between courses with Christmas Carols. The delicious 3 course meal was kindly prepared by Mrs Ann Curtis.

Tom and Hetty Wildblood from Koru Kayaking in St Agnes delivered the presents to Little Harbour along with £61.50 of donations which were made on top of the donated presents.

George Mannell, whose idea came into fruition last week said "It was brilliant, the lunch was a lovely festive celebration and I really wanted to organise something where the old could connect with the young and I feel like this represented that perfectly."

Tom Wildblood who helped to organise the event added "We were just extremely happy to be able to help such a worthy cause".

These presents will be given to the life limited children who are supported by Little Harbour as well as their siblings who are visiting the hospice over the festive period.

Community Fundraiser for CHSW, Mary Murfin, said "What a wonderful idea and our children and families really will appreciate all of the thought and effort that has gone into this fabulous donation of Christmas presents."

CHSW support children with life limiting conditions and their families including well brothers and sisters. Little Harbour, their hospice at Porthpean, currently cares for over 70 families and offers planned respite breaks, emergency care, end of life care and bereavement support.

If you would like to donate to CHSW this Christmas then please visit www.chsw.org.uk to find out how or call Little Harbour on 01726 871800

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