Purple-themed event proves popular with crowds
A FUNDRAISING fair collected almost £500 for an epilepsy charity. The event at St Barts Church was organised by Herne campaigner Jo Mumford, who has epilepsy, and featured stalls, entertainment and the official launch of a book by Herne Bay children’s author Faye Beerling. Music was provided by Paul Valentine, who conducts the Kent Coastal Concert Band, while magician Reg E Mental kept children and adults amused.
J0, who also had a stall selling items in aid of Epilepsy Action, said:
“There was a good turnout of stall holders and entertainment making the day a full family day. It was lovely to see people enjoying themselves in groups around the grassy areas outside in the sunshine. I’d like to thank all those who helped make it happen, donated prizes, bric-a-brac, services or cake. I’ve had many comments on what a fun day it was.”
The hail was decorated with purple balloons, lanterns and streamers because it is the official colour for epilepsy awareness. Businesses and individuals donated raffle prizes or goods to sell and Faye donated a percentage of proceeds from sales of her book, Nautical Chaos. Jo said:
“During the event it was lovely to have so many people come up to me and chat — I’d met them online, via groups and one even via Twitter and it was lovely to finally meet these people and hear their stories and the things we shared.”
She also thanked her close friends, known as Team Jo, for giving her the confidence to make it happen. So far more than £450 has been raised.
• For mor information on future events or Jo’s epilepsy fundraising and awareness project visit www.theepilepsyrollercoaster.com
Herne Bay Times, May 1st 2014