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Mayor of Redbridge’s winter wonderland raises nearly £10,000 for ELHAP

PUBLISHED: 13:59 27 December 2018

From left to right: Deputy Mayor, Councillor Taifur Rashid, Santa, Mayor of Redbridge, Councillor Debbie Kaur Thiara and Maria Sanchez, director of Treehouse Nursery. Photo: Princess Kalaria

From left to right: Deputy Mayor, Councillor Taifur Rashid, Santa, Mayor of Redbridge, Councillor Debbie Kaur Thiara and Maria Sanchez, director of Treehouse Nursery. Photo: Princess Kalaria

Princess Kalaria

The Mayor of Redbridge’s winter wonderland has raised nearly £10,000 for charity.

Children enjoyed having their faces painted. Photo: Princess KalariaChildren enjoyed having their faces painted. Photo: Princess Kalaria

The weekend fundraiser at Sir James Hawkey Hall in Woodford Green was huge success and attracted many residents and families from across the borough.

Exhibitors displayed Christmas gift ideas, hand crafted jewellery, cakes and delicious chocolates on their stalls, whilst the children took part in dance activities, listened to carol singers and visited Santa in his grotto.

Mayor of Redbridge with a service user of ELHAP charity. Photo: Princess KalariaMayor of Redbridge with a service user of ELHAP charity. Photo: Princess Kalaria

The entry to the event was free for the whole family to enjoy, but a fee of £12 was charged to anyone wishing to meet Santa in his grotto, and receive a special gift which delighted all the kids.

Some children were allowed to visit Santa and receive a gift if their carer or their guardian could not pay the fee.

ELHAP staff Rachel Joseph (left) with Bob Singh (right) member of Mayors Appeal Committee Photo: Princess KalariaELHAP staff Rachel Joseph (left) with Bob Singh (right) member of Mayors Appeal Committee Photo: Princess Kalaria

The Mayor expressed her gratitude to Maria Sanchez and her team from Treehouse Nursery and the Mayor’s appeal committee who made the Winter wonderland possible, together with appreciating all the organisations who helped to sponsor the event.

Councillor Debbie Kaur-Thiara said: “Winter Wonderland was an amazing success and everyone that came enjoyed the event and welcomed the local communities to celebrate Christmas in style, with the venue being turned into a magical festive place.

There were visitors of all ages. Photo: Princess KalariaThere were visitors of all ages. Photo: Princess Kalaria

“It was a fantastic fundraising event that offered an enchanting, captivating and fun experience for all.”

All proceeds from the event are being donated to the Mayor’s chosen charity ELHAP (Every Life Has A Purpose) which provides inclusive, natural and stimulating play adventure and recreation to those who are disadvantaged through disability, adversity or difficult life experiences.

Families could have a browse of lots of different festive stalls in the hall. Photo: Princess KalariaFamilies could have a browse of lots of different festive stalls in the hall. Photo: Princess Kalaria

“We were delighted at the fantastic news when we heard that £9,500 had been raised at the Winter Wonderland which is absolutely brilliant, and are extremely grateful to the Mayor of Redbridge, Tree House Nursery and her fundraising committee for their dedication, team work and efforts” shared Rachel Joseph, from ELHAP.

Maria Sanchez, managing director of Treehouse Nursery School Ltd said: “I am so delighted that this has been a successful and wonderful event after months of planning and preparations.

One of the volunteers from ELHAP getting in the festive spirit. Photo: Princess KalariaOne of the volunteers from ELHAP getting in the festive spirit. Photo: Princess Kalaria

“Treehouse Nursery School staff and volunteers have been a great value to this event and I would like to say huge thank you to all the sponsors for their generous donations towards this good cause.”

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