Festive fundraising around Gosport

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Entrepreneur and Gosport resident Tammy Kent talks about some of the charity events going on in the town over Christmas

I have enjoyed hot chocolate with Alicia Pannell and her mum Shaz Pannell at Tammy’s One Stop Party Shop, we even had squirty cream and marshmallows.

We were joined by MP Caroline Dinenage and Natasha Hook. They loved our room and were very excited to see what we had achieved as a community!

We raised £73.11 for Alicia’s ever-growing fund, as she needs £32,000. They have just over £5,000 to go and have only been fundraising for two years.

On Saturday Vicky Nicholas at Rosie’s Kitchen opened her doors to various stall holders and we played Christmas games and had raffles and tombolas while listening to Malcolm Dent of Gosport Rotary’s Christmas CD.

Each CD is just £2 and all money goes towards two worthy Gosport charities – Gosport’s homeless and Gosport’s foodbank.

CDs can be bought from Santa’s Sleigh, which is doing the rounds in Gosport for the next two weeks.

It has already been round Clayhall Road area as well as the Leesland area and Forton, my children were in awe as they saw Santa arrive on his sleigh. Rain and wind has stopped the sleigh on two nights so far but considering everyone is a volunteer it has been fantastic. Last year the sleigh went around a few areas in Gosport over three nights but this year it is doing 16 nights.

This lady has raised over £1,000 so far. All money raised will be given to good causes in our area by The Gosport Rotary.

I am looking forward to going to the slimming world ball this Saturday with Andy Brown, a member of Gosport British Legion.

Andy has lost over four stone since joining slimming world in February and has just received the title of Mr Sleek. I am a little way behind him having only lost three stone but I will be happy to accompany him to the ball, which is held in Thorngate Halls in Bury Road. The money raised will also go to local charities.

I go to Ann Couch’s slimming world, in the Salvation Army hall at the Crossways on Thursdays at 7.15pm.

Pop along to The Fox Tavern next Monday for their special Christmas fair.

As well as a body shop stall, gifts and cards there will also be a raffle and special drinks offers. The fun starts at 6pm and finishes at 9pm.

I hope that lots of you are enjoying your children’s nativity plays in schools all over Gosport this week, have a wonderful time they will be grown before you know it.

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