Strawberry tea raises vital cash

Pictured at the Elwick WI fundraiser are (left to right) Coun Hilary Thompson, Annie Kennedy, Sylvie Howe, Sandra O Connor and Sylvia Jobson.
Pictured at the Elwick WI fundraiser are (left to right) Coun Hilary Thompson, Annie Kennedy, Sylvie Howe, Sandra O Connor and Sylvia Jobson.

TORRENTIAL rain didn’t stop kindhearted residents raising nearly £300 for charity at a strawberry tea.

Generous people dipped into their pockets to support the Eve Appeal at the fundraising event at Elwick WI Hall, on Saturday.

Delicious strawberry cream scones went down a treat and residents also made the most of a cake stall, bric-a-brac, books and a raffle at the event.

The fundraiser was organised by Elwick WI in partnership with the Elwick Millennium Association.

The Eve Appeal raises money to fund a research programme at the Department of Women’s Cancer, based at University College London.

The pioneering research into screening and early diagnosis of gynaecological cancers is targeting improving survival rates.

Organisers of the event in Elwick were delighted to raise just under £300.

Hilary Thompson, chair of Elwick Millennium Association, said: “Many thanks to all who, despite the awful weather, came out to support this really worthy cause. It was a really enjoyable afternoon and to raise as much as we did was fantastic.”

Meanwhile, Elwick residents are reminded of the upcoming deadline for entries for this year’s scarecrow competition.

Those interested in taking part should register their scarecrow’s name and where they want it positioning in the village at Elwick Post Office by Monday, June 10. Straw will be available from the bus shelter in the village in the coming days but scarecrows shouldn’t be put out any earlier than Monday, June 17 ahead of judging on Sunday, June 23.