Smiles galore as fair boosts charity’s funds

PLEASED From left, Mave Hiseman, Father Christmas, Di Coggan, Alice Frost, 10, and George McAleese. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (133373-2)
PLEASED From left, Mave Hiseman, Father Christmas, Di Coggan, Alice Frost, 10, and George McAleese. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (133373-2)

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KIND-hearted supporters of a Multiple Sclerosis charity raised more than £900 at its annual Christmas fair.

Up to 700 people went to the event held at Nicholson Hall, in Stoke Road, Gosport.

There was a bazaar selling various items in support of the Fareham and Gosport branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

George McAleese is chairman of the branch.

He said the cash raised will go toward small grants for people who have the condition, allowing them to get items and work not covered by the NHS.

He said: ‘It was a highly-successful fair.

‘We had a lot of throughput, including the MP Caroline Dinenage and three ex-mayors of Gosport.

‘It was an excellent day. It was a really family-oriented day.’

Each year the branch needs to raise around £34,000 to keep going.

George added: ‘We provide grants to people, in the hundreds of pounds, not thousands.

‘People need a wheelchair refurbished, a mobility scooter, stairlift refurbished.

‘We provide things and support services that the NHS doesn’t provide, nor Hampshire County Council.’