Christmas officially arrived in Chorley this weekend when Derian House Children’s Hospice Winter Sparkle event came to town (Sunday, 4 Nov).
More than 10,000 people flocked to Astley Park where families enjoyed fairground rides, visits to Santa (and his real reindeer), a giant snow globe, unicorn rides, giant bubbles and Punch and Judy.
Shoppers stocked up on Christmas gifts and trinkets from Austrian-style market stalls and tucked into delicious food and drink including bratwurst, mulled wine, festive fizz, churros, Lancashire cheese and speciality chocolate.
TV cameras from Channel 4’s Extreme Cake Makers were on hand to capture the exciting unveiling of a huge reindeer cake, baked especially for the event by cake maker Rosie Dummer.
Slices were sold to raise money and the show will be aired next month as a Christmas special.
Although the final figures are still being calculated, event organisers said the event was one of the most successful the charity has ever held, smashing fundraising totals of the previous seven years that the event has run.
Kevin Bedford, Derian House Fundraising Manager, said: “I’m really proud of how our team of staff and volunteers pulled together to make the event a fantastic success. Without their fantastic support we simply could not have done it.
“I’m equally thrilled at how the community came out to support Derian at the event. It was marvellous to see families spending time together having fun while raising money for our children and young people at the same time.”
Winter Sparkle raised vital funds for Derian House Children’s Hospice, which cares for more than 350 children and young people with life-limiting conditions and their families, across the North West.
The event was sponsored by Eric Wright Group, Waitrose, Andrew Porter Ltd, Huntapac and System Hygiene.
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