Summer Fete success

The grounds of Thorpe Hall Hospice were transformed into a flurry of colour, fun and entertainment for the return of the much-loved Summer Fete.

After a gap of four years, the Fete was reinstated onto the calendar – and it proved an incredibly popular move. Thousands of visitors flocked through the gates as the sun shone and, as a result, the money poured in.

With cash still coming in, the total has now tipped over £10,000..

One of the day’s highlights was the head shave of Thorpe Hall shop’s assistant manager Angela Denuzzo. Newly-wed Angela sat on the stone terrace and was cheered on by crowds as a volunteer hairdresser brandished the clippers. Angela’s efforts boosted the total raised by in excess of £1,200.

Peterborough mayor Cllr June Stokes tried her hand on a number of stalls and spent time petting the raccoon brought along by The Exotic Animal Encounter. Former Thorpe Hall nurse Edna Prosser, featured in the Peterborough Telegraph recently, celebrated her 91st birthday on Friday with a trip to the Fete. And Posh players Jack Payne and Joe Newell dropped in from London Road to sign autographs.

There was belly dancing, a Salsa demonstration, a string quartet to accompany Pimms in the Parlour, an art exhibition by amateur artist Shush Pearce, a vintage sweet stall, face painting, hog roast and crossbar competition.

Regional fundraising manager Tammy Pearce said: “We brought back the Fete due to popular demand and we’re so pleased we did! There was a queue to get in for much of the day and the atmosphere was wonderful. As well as raising an incredible amount of money we had many pledges of support, people wanting to volunteer and others asking how they can get involved on a more formal basis.

“The event was the perfect way to demonstrate how Thorpe Hall sits at the heart of the community, and why we are so reliant on the community for our future – and our new hospice.”