Forth Valley Sensory Centre

Winter Fair Fantastic Fundraiser!

The annual Winter Fair at the Centre raised over £2000 for our charity! Funds came via a raffle, tombola and stalls as well as through donations on the day.

More funds are still due in with the raffle not scheduled to be drawn until 15th December and knitted items left over from the event still being snapped up by those unable to attend on the day.

Centre Manager Jacquie Winning said:
“What an amazing result and turn out. Thank you to everyone who came along and supported us, including the stall holders, our staff and volunteers. The support from local businesses was also very much appreciated and really helped boost our total with fantastic raffle prizes as well as gifts for kids and a super stocked Café.

“It was also good to see our Centre Partners, NHS Forth Valley Disability and Audiology teams, Scottish War Blinded and Action on Hearing Loss all taking part and helping the Winter Fair go so well.

“The star of the show is normally Santa or our Sensory Singers but this year it had to be little Guide Dog puppy Elma who had everyone’s attention!”

The Centre Café did a roaring trade in homemade soup and stovies, cooked by the Centre’s own David Black as well as delicious steak burgers courtesy of Malcolm Allan Family Butchers based in nearby Larbert. There were also sweet treats from Scotland’s own Tunnocks and a huge amount of delicious home baking from various Centre Users and volunteers.

There were lots of activities for children too with a treasure hunt, slime making and face painting. Santa was in residence in the Sensory Room and was happy to hand out selection boxes from his friends at Morrisons and Tesco. The event was also supported by Falkirk Rotary and Falkirk Delivers.

Winter Fair stalls included Baby Gifts with Amelia, Bonello Chocolatier, Christmas Gifts by Mary, Clan Artisan Jams and Chutneys, Forever Living with Mhairi, Partylite Candles with Fiona, Scentsy with Cazzie and Wild Sister Rising; fabulous Bath Bombs by Lissa Orr who made an additional £50 donation to the Centre.

All the stall holders provided a raffle prize and additional prizes have been donated by: John McNally MP, Kiran’s Trust, The Royal Oak at Alloa, The Coppertop Restaurant, Base Muay Thai Gym, Salon Ian, Nandos, Jack Wills, The Wheatsheaf Falkirk, Slimming World, Probowl Camelon, Falkirk Golf Club, Hogan’s Fine Foods, Mannerstons, Grangemouth Rotary, Sainsbury’s and our own Stirling Blind and Partially Sighted Group. The Stirling Group also ran their ever popular bottle stall which netted over £400!

Martin Allen, Partnership Manager added:
“Thanks to all the businesses who helped out this year and the volunteers from DWP who came in to ‘deck the halls’ with Christmas trimmings prior to the event and Lightways for making a big difference to our sensory garden with free festive lighting.  Fundraising at the Centre is a year round activity as with many charities. We’d love to hear from more local firms and look at ways we can work together. Individual donors and fundraisers are always welcome too so if you are thinking of running a marathon in 2018 why not do it for the Centre?”

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