Snowman soup on menu

Pat Allison from the Hartlepool Special Needs Group (right) makes a sell to Bobby Hewitt with her Granddaughter Holly Raine (3) at the groups Christmas Fair. Picture by FRANK REID
Pat Allison from the Hartlepool Special Needs Group (right) makes a sell to Bobby Hewitt with her Granddaughter Holly Raine (3) at the groups Christmas Fair. Picture by FRANK REID

A HOST of festive wares delicately prepared by young volunteers were amongst the highlights of a Christmas fair hosted by a group that supports people with disabilities.

Hartlepool Special Needs Support Group (HSNSG) organised the festive fair at its offices in Park Road on Thursday.

Bosses at the organisation said despite last week’s snowy conditions, they were pleased with those who had made the effort to go along and support the event.

HSNSG manager Pat Allison said: “It was lovely. The weather was not the best but we ensured people had a nice, warm welcome in our lovely warm building.
“We were delighted with the response under the circumstances.”

The fair featured crafts, a tombola and raffling of a home-made decorated Christmas cake, as well as mulled wine, toiletries and books, as well as toys and bric-a-brac.

Pat added: “Some of our young helpers made up some of the hampers on sale. They included reindeer pooh, which is raisins, and snowman soup, which is drinking chocolate, marshmallows and chocolate buttons in a lovely presentation 
bag.

“One of our helpers, Sam Gretton, wrote a poem to go on the tags for the soup, saying ‘when it’s so cold that you holler and whoop, it’s time to bring out the snowman soup, pour the packet in a mug and add the marshmallows too and throw in these kisses that are special, just for you’.”

The young volunteers had been busy preparing for the fair since September.