Garden party gives St Luke’s Church a £1,500 boost

George Reed attempts to throw a ping pong ball into a jar during St Luke's Garden Party.
George Reed attempts to throw a ping pong ball into a jar during St Luke's Garden Party.
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A FARMYARD-themed garden party has helped raise more than £1,500 for church funds, organisers have revealed.

St Luke’s Church, in Tunstall Avenue, Hartlepool, recently hosted their annual garden party and this year’s theme was farming.

Visitors really got into the spirit of the event and dressed to impress and with a range of prizes on offer for the best dressed youngsters.

Organisers described the atmosphere as “great” and said everyone had a lot of fun helping to raise church funds.

Meanwhile, £50 was also raised on the day for Botton Village Farm, the chosen charity of the Hartlepool church.

Half of the workforce at the farm have learning disabilities and other special needs and the money will go towards the charity.

Pauline Shaw, from St Luke’s Church, said: “Everyone joined in with the spirit of the event with fancy dress and decorated stalls.

“The atmosphere was great and everyone had a lot of fun.

“We raised a fabulous £1,585.71, our best year ever plus we also raised an additional £50 for Botton Village Farm, our chosen charity.

“Botton Village is a collection of farms in Yorkshire’s Danby Dale and what is special about this place is that half of the 300 people working there have learning disabilities and other special needs.

“There they are treated as equals with others of all abilities, they are treated with respect.

“A huge thank you to everyone who supported the event.”

There was also a host of fun and games at the garden party including a coconut shy, face painter, bouncy castle and a slide.

Meanwhile, for older folk there was a variety of stalls including cakes and preserves, plants and produce, bric-a-brac and books plus strawberry teas and hotdogs for sale.

Hartlepool Borough Council’s countryside wardens attended with free children’s activities and entertainment while entertainment was provided by the Hartlepool Silver Band.