Winchester pub teams up with local hospice for charity fun day

Visitors enjoy the charity party at The Old Forge in Otterbourne

Visitors enjoy the charity party at The Old Forge in Otterbourne

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A WINCHESTER pub teamed up with a local charity for a bank holiday party on Monday (Aug 26).

Hundreds of visitors enjoyed a family fun day at The Old Forge pub in Otterbourne, which was raising cash for Naomi House Hospice.

Manager Jemma Smoker said the pub hosts an annual fundraiser and chose the Sutton Scotney-based hospice as this year’s partner because of its local links.

She said: “Naomi House is a local charity and a lot of people here are aware of them and what they do. We wanted to go for a big charity and we thought they would be a great choice.

“We try and do something every year for charity and it was easy to get the community involved. A lot of people have helped out, like with our cake sale where our staff and their families and friends have baked lots of cakes.”

The event was organised by pub staff Corinne Nightingale and Mark Hobday and aimed to raise more than £1,200 for the charity, with the final amount still to be confirmed.

It also involved Otterbourne resident and BBC Radio Solent presenter Judy Goodlet, who contributed one of her ’60 cushions for 60 charities’ to the event, with each cushion being auctioned to raise funds for a different cause.

Entertainment included a bouncy castle, coconut shy and a variety of stalls.

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