Festive party is laid on for children in aid of charity

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HUNDREDS of children from schools across Portsmouth have been treated to a Christmas party thanks to a group of businesses.

Portsmouth Primary Schools Christmas Party was run for the third year in a row.

The party, held at the Mountbatten Centre, was organised by community interest company LinkedUp Fundraising, and raised money for the Wessex Cancer 
Trust.

The trust’s head of fundraising, Clare Lay, said: ‘We wanted to do something nice for the children of Portsmouth and the community as a whole, as well as raise awareness for Wessex Cancer Trust.

‘The Portsmouth Primary School Christmas Party is about community building. The children get to meet other children from other schools and have fun together.

‘The number of businesses that sponsored the event is quite impressive and I wanted to say thank you to all of them.’

The event was free to attend and had range of entertainments and activities including a special visit and gift from Santa Claus.

There was also a variety of arts and crafts activities, Christmas games and prizes and more.

Each child also had a Christmas tea and went home with a goody bag to mark the occasion.

Clare said the party was a big success overall and she has received a lot of positive feedback from the schools that attended.

She said: ‘The schools that attend are always very pleased with the event and the pupils who turn up have a wonderful time and leave very happy children.’

Through donations £209 was also raised on the day for the trust.

Clare said: ‘A new Cancer Support Centre in Cosham opened in May and any money raised will go towards the running costs of that centre.’

She added: ‘I hope to run the Portsmouth Primary School’s Christmas Party again next year as it is a very rewarding event.’

To find out more about Wessex Cancer Trust visit the website at wessexcancer.org.uk.