Smedmore Open House and Gardens 2015
by kind permission for Dr Philip Mansel
Well it all started on a quiet sunny Sunday morning with a band of willing helpers winding their way from all points of our region to Smedmore House at Kimmeridge.
First job of the day was to get all the cars unpacked of the many goodies needed for our stalls and refreshments. Soon the lawn was a mass of tables and gazebo’s as the stalls and games were set up ready for the general public to come and support MND. The Lions club arrive with their giant game of skittles and the Wareham Town band serenaded us for the afternoon. Also supporting us were the Can Am car club who brought along a large selection of their cars parked on the front lawn for everyone to enjoy.
We were very lucky to have such a beautiful sunny day to bring over 500 people to support us, to visiting the house and playing Hoopla, tombola, lucky wine dip (thanks to Tesco’s Branksome and Fleets Bridge for their wine donations) buying homemade goodies and plants from the stalls. All served with the very best homemade cake and cups of tea/coffee by the very hard working tearoom/kitchen team.
After the busiest day we have ever had at Smedmore a weary but happy team repacked the cars and drove home leaving Dr Mansel and his family to enjoy their home again in peace if with a well-trodden lawn.
Thanks to everyone who helped before and on the day or who supported by bringing family and friends to spend their money in aid of MND. Total raised for the branch £2894.56.
A great Team effort my personal thanks to all Jill Heys.
The St Nicholas singers in full voice on December 15th! The evening was a great success and it was a fabulous way to start the Christmas season. The icing on the cake is that, thanks to the hard work by all the choir, an amazing amount was raised for three charities. I'm delighted to say that we've been given a cheque for £1,250 which will be on it's way into the branch's bank account very soon. £1,250 will help the branch to support people living with MND in our area.
A few photos of the
The lovely ladies and gents of the fundraising group sold cards, cakes, bric-a-brac, books, puzzles and toys and of course refreshments and raised a lovely £678.63.
Thought you might like to see a few photos of the team in action in Lymington....and what a team! We're a bit like Anneka's Challenge although sometimes it was a bit more like the Generation Game, didn't we do well!
We made £852.20 after expenses so well worth all the effort. A great day out with friends and a chance to raise awareness.
Again, the Rotarians complimented us on our stall. k.
A big thank you to all who helped & donated their time, cakes, craft items, and definitely sense of fun !
East Dorset’s Seasonal Farewell to Val Kite
East Dorset Branch’s lovely Christmas Fair raised nearly £800 on Saturday 14th November and also said a sad but fond farewell to Val Kite who has guided the fundraising committee for nearly 7 years raising over £20,000.
Terry & Sharon Owens will now be taking up the fundraising reigns early in the new year. Judith Mills from the branch said ‘it has been a great occasion with much local support’
Our Chairman, Judith Mills, was recently presented with a cheque for £7500 by Derek Hibbert, the 2014 Seniors’ Captain at Dudsbury Golf Club. Derek chose our branch as his nominated charity for his Captaincy in recognition of all the assistance his family received during his mother’s illness in 2006. Derek said “As a family, we couldn’t have managed without the help and encouragement we received from the East Dorset and New Forest Branch. Therefore, when I was asked to be Dudsbury’s 2014 Seniors’ Captain, I chose the EDNF Branch as my nominated charity so that I could give something back to help enhance the lives of local sufferers and their families. Dudsbury Seniors have been amazing in their support and generosity, as have the owners, Dave and Beate Braban, together with the staff at Dudsbury. Local businesses have also been marvellous by donating prizes for raffles etc. It has really been an outstanding team effort.”
Wow!! Fantastic result from Smedmore - £3307 on it's way into the branch's coffers!!
A really big thank you to all the amazing people who worked so hard; the kitchen team, the MNDA stalls, those on gate & house tour duties, transport, publicity, family & friends and the owner & staff from Smedmore House. Worth all the planning & hard work.
This will help us to continue providing help & support for those, in our area, living with MND not forgetting their families & carers.
Thank you to all who came along and enjoyed a lovely sunny afternoon in Dorset.