Volunteers are needed to help make Derian House Children’s Hospice’s festive fundraising event a success – can you help?
The Christmas spectacular, taking place at Chorley’s Astley Park on Sunday, November 3 from 10am to 4pm, will see the park transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with real reindeer, unicorn rides and visits from Santa.
The free event is one of the charity’s biggest fundraising drives of the year, with every penny raised going towards the care of more than 400 children and young people with life-limiting conditions from across the North West.
Volunteers are needed to help set-up on the Saturday; for the day itself (Sunday) to work as entrance greeters, gift wrappers and parking marshals; and to help clean up on the Monday.
The annual event will see visitors getting the chance to stock up on Christmas gifts and trinkets from Austrian-style market stalls and there will be an array of delicious food and drinks stalls, including traditional bratwurst, hot chocolate and mulled wine.
Kids will love the open-air pantomime, a ride on the unicorns and all the fun of the fairground.
There will also be live music and performances, as well as – new for this year – a Tipi bar where visitors can relax with a drink and soak up the atmosphere.
Miriam Payne, Events and Promotions Manager at Derian House Children’s Hospice, said: “After the huge popularity of last year’s Winter Sparkle, we listened closely to the feedback we received and worked with Chorley Council to expand the 2019 event, making it bigger and better with double the amount of stalls this year.
“The Walled Garden will now play host to our food, drink and entertainment zone and we will be expanding the range of foods offered as well as showcasing old favourites. This year we will showcase a range of top entertainment with performances throughout the day for all ages.
“But we still really need volunteers to help us out on the day to make sure that we make as much money as possible for the care of our children and young people and would really value the help of our community.”
Derian House Children’s Hospice costs £4.3million to run every year, and yet less than 10 per cent of this comes from statutory funding. For the remainder, the charity has to rely on the generous support of the community.
There will be a park and ride service running from Runshaw College and Woodlands/Ackhurst Car Park with fully-accessible shuttle buses running every 10 minutes to the park entrance.
Entry to Winter Sparkle is free but some rides and attractions charge a fee.
Visit www.derianhouse.co.uk to find out more.