Charity cheer as Berry Hill residents raise £800 at Jubilee event

By Jake Chown  
Wednesday 22nd June 2022 11:15 am
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RESIDENTS of Berry Hill came together over the bank holiday weekend to raise more than £800 for charity as they celebrated the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Locals flocked to the green at Tudor Walk on Saturday, June 4 for a day of fun to honour Her Majesty, which featured plenty of singing and dancing, party games, many a slice of cake and a generous helping of locally-grown strawberries.

The event, which was organised by Tudor Walk residents Avril Roffe, Terry Osborne, Yvonne Williams and Rob Smith, bought people together from across Berry Hill and the surrounding areas to take part in the Jubilee festivities.

And, with the support of local businesses, the partygoers managed to raise a total of £825 for Great Oaks Dean Forest Hospice in the process.

The organisers held a raffle, cake sale and games of bingo to help raise the funds, with prizes donated by local businesses and the community.

Avril Roffe organised the business donations, which included fresh strawberries from EC Drummond of Ross-on-Wye, a bulk bag of logs from Forest firm Freeman Firewood and two “beautiful” hanging baskets from Rachel Roberts Flowers of The Horsepool.

Local residents also made monetary contributions and donated items to be used as raffle and bingo prizes, as well as bringing along cakes for the cake sale.

Avril says that on the Friday, the weather forecast for the event was “terrible”, but, undeterred, she rallied around to borrow gazebos so that the festivities could go ahead as planned.

And luckily in the end, it turned out to be a beautiful afternoon.

Terry Osborne provided both music and vocals all afternoon and into the evening, and Avril says “dancing and fun was had by all”.

She added: “A big thank you goes out to not only the organisers but also everyone who supported such a wonderful cause.

“Without the support from such a fantastic community the event couldn’t have happened.”

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