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A hunt for Christmas baubles has helped raise thousands of pounds for a children's hospice.

More than 780 children headed to Hundred Acres, in Wickham, for the annual event put on by mum Mandy Tegg.

Those who found one of the festive decorations could then exchange it for a present from Father Christmas.

There was also a barbecue, reindeer food stalls and children had the opportunity to write Christmas wishes which were attached to helium balloons and released into the sky.

The event - the fifth time it has been held - raised a whopping 4,000 for the Naomi House Children's Hospice near Winchester which provides care for children across the area.

Mandy's sons Nathan, 12, and Marshall, seven, both have a rare genetic disorder affecting only a dozen people in the UK.

Their condition is called citrullinaemia and it means their bodies can't process protein properly. Nathan also has cerebral palsy.

They have to be fed through a tube and require a gruelling regime of medication as well as frequent hospital visits. And both are regular visitors to the hospice at Sutton Scotney, near Winchester.

Mandy, 38, from Wickham, said: 'My children go to Naomi House so for me and my family the hospice is very important.

'That money helps everybody. There are some really poorly children at Naomi House so every penny they get helps no matter what it's put towards. To be able to help them out after they have helped us out and give something back is just brilliant.

A CHRISTMAS TREAT FOR THE KIDS

Children will receive a special Christmas treat after cuddly toys were donated to a hospice.

Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services in Gosport handed over more than 100 bears to Naomi House.

Lauren Shields, fundraiser for the hospice, said: 'They have been collecting them throughout the year and they decided to give them away to charity.

'It's amazing the generosity of businesses at the moment.

'We have been given so many presents.

'We need to give not only to the children but to their brothers and sisters too so having something to open on Christmas morning is great.

'It's brilliant, especially as of all the charities in the area they chose us.'