Ashtead garden centre raises money for the Rainbow Trust which helps children with a terminal illness

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A garden centre embraced the festive spirit by holding a Christmas weekend which raised £1,500 for families who have a child with terminal illness.

The event at Ashtead Park Garden Centre, in Pleasure Pit Road, Ashtead, generated the cash for the Rainbow Trust, based in Cleeve Road, Leatherhead, which provides tailored practical and emotional support to families with a youngster who is seriously ill.

More than 200 children turned out over two days to meet Father Christmas in his grotto. Local schools and choirs entertained visitors with Christmas carols and there was also candy floss, Shetland ponies, fairground rides, face-painting and a mascot reindeer on hand to keep everyone entertained. John Dipre, owner of Ashtead Park, said: “I am delighted to be able to support such a good cause this Christmas. When I read about some of the families Rainbow Trust support I felt compelled to do something to show our support as a local business. I know that every penny counts and will make a massive difference so we are grateful to all those who came along and showed their support.”

Emma Haines, of the Rainbow Trust, said the park's support has been "invaluable".

She added: "I would like to thank John and all the staff for their work with us this year and of course all those who turned up to the festive weekend. "Rainbow Trust rely almost entirely on fundraising to carry out the work we do, so events like these are vital in giving support to Surrey families when they need it most. ”

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