Charity receives double boost

IT HAS been a good week for local charity Home-Start, who received two boosts to their funds within a matter of days.

First, the charity which helps out families that have problems with children, held a fashion show at Melbourn beauty salon Esse, which raised �1,183.

Money was raised through ticket sales, a raffle and a 10 per cent donation from items sold at the show.

Sally Saunders from Esse said: “It was an absolute pleasure holding a fashion party at Esse for Home-Start. Lots of guests, lots of fun and lots of money was raised.”

Guests were given a glass of wine and were given the chance to try on the wide-variety of clothes modelled. Mrs Saunders has already expressed an interest in holding the same event next year.

A Home-Start Royston and South Cambs spokeswoman said: “Home-Start would like to take this opportunity to thank Sally and Serena Saunders from Esse, and their team of models and helpers for a really fun evening.

“Thanks also to Johnson Matthey and Hotel Chocolat for supplying some of the raffle prizes for this event.”

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The charity was lucky enough to receive a second donation this week - this time from a Royston councillor.

Cllr Fiona Hill allocated a grant of �750 to Home-Start Royston and South Cambs, which will go towards the �10,000 it needs to set up a special home-visiting support service.

Cllr Hill said: “Many parents find meeting other parents and sharing experiences extremely helpful. However, there are some who cannot access this type of support.

“Home-Start Royston offers these families an extra pair of hands and the chance to meet other parents in a safe and understanding environment.”

Home-Start aims to help families who have children under five, children with special needs and children with physical or emotional problems.

It has already raised approximately �3,500 of the money it needs, which will also fund recruitment and training for volunteers and provide outings and activities for families.

Home-Start’s next fund-raising event will be a Race Night held on Friday December 10 at The Old Bull Inn, Royston. Tickets are �7.50 and include a hot supper. For more information call 07836290571.