Local good cause the Mary Ann Evans Hospice held their first ever Winter Market on Saturday 18th November. Much like the Hospice’s Annual Christmas Fair, there were stalls, gifts, face painting & Father Christmas; however guests had the chance to go walking in a Winter Wonderland through the Hospice garden complete with real snow, candy canes, a ginger bread house, ginger bread men, giant presents, Elf village and Santa’s workshop. In addition to this, guests also had the opportunity to sit in Santa’s Sleigh-kindly lent to the Hospice for the day by the Nuneaton Roundtable & enjoy music from the Belles of Three Spires, an award winning ladies a cappella show chorus.

Visitors filled the Hospice to support local stall holders, the Hospice team and its patients in a festive frenzy of crafts, tombola’s, unique gifts, raffles, Christmas Puddings and Santa’s Grotto. Refreshments were available to purchase for some tasty winter warmers from John’s Hot Potato van and the Hospice kitchen, with bread rolls donated by Tesco’s.  The event was in attendance by Marcus Jones MP, Nuneaton’s Carnival Court, The Mayor and Mayoress of North Warwickshire, Councillor Terry & Mrs Elizabeth Waters and the The Mayor and Mayoress of Nuneaton and Bedworth, Councillor Bill & Mrs Sheila Hancox.

Fundraiser, Jessica Atkinson said “There was a lovely festive atmosphere at the Hospice Winter Market. A special thanks goes to all the staff and volunteers who came together and worked so hard to make the event a real success. Thanks are also in order for Bedworth Civic Hall, the Hospice’s Nuneaton Support Group and the lovely ladies from the Atherstone Innerwheel for their support.”

Josie Town, Hospice Trustee & Volunteer Voice said “It was lovely to see so many people just wandering around the garden, and I thought the Winter Wonderland was fantastic.  Everyone worked so hard, fundraising, staff from every department, and many, many volunteers, all helping to make the day a success.  The atmosphere was wonderful, and comments from visitors were very positive. “Well Done” everyone”.

An incredible £3757.00 was raised and the Hospice would like to thank everyone who contributed and joined them for the start of a very busy Christmas Season!