VIP guests officially switch on our Christmas lights

Posted by Cherry Pullinger on

Crowds of people from Wellington turned out to see the Taunton Deane MP and the Founder and President of the Wellington WI group officially turn on our Christmas lights yesterday (Thursday, November 3, 2016).

Taunton Deane MP Rebeccca Pow and Founder and President of the Wellington WI group, Karen Janas, who was nominated by the community, launched our Christmas light display during the event, which raised money for S.U.R.E.

We were absolutely delighted to have Rebecca and Karen do the honours for us and switch on our Christmas lights.

We put out a call to the community to nominate someone who they felt deserved to be a VIP for the event and we received lots of nominations for Karen as she does such great work in the community and puts lots of time and effort into the local Wellington WI group.

We’d like to thank Karen and Rebecca for coming along and helping with the event and to all of our valued customers who attended and donated money to our Charity of the Year, S.U.R.E in exchange for prosecco and mince pies. We’re totting up how much was raised and will add it to all of the other funds raised throughout the year.

The shop was decked out in festive decorations for the evening and our trader’s units were personally decorated for the event too.

Karen said: “I was humbled and delighted to be nominated for the Christmas light switch on and it was a lovely and enjoyable evening.”

The HOPE choir also sang a selection of Christmas carols during the event for attendees and collected for S.U.R.E.

S.U.R.E is a registered, independent charity based in Taunton. Its objective is to raise funds to help provide top class cancer diagnosis and treatment at the Cancer Centre known as the Beacon Centre at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton.

S.U.R.E has already committed to funding more than £70,000 of projects at the Beacon Centre in 2016 with a further £40,000 of projects waiting for final quotes before they can be confirmed. This includes providing a new Cancer Patient Counselling Centre in a separate building near to the Beacon Centre and the equipment to provide a dedicated single number Cancer Patient Telephone Advice Line.

The HOPE choir was set up for staff from the HOPE and Clinical Support Directorates at the hospital. The aim of the choir was to get staff together to sing for fun and team bonding.

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