Charity shop holds party wear evening

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CHRISTMAS came early at a charity shop as it prepared for the festive season by holding a VIP partywear event.

Staff and volunteers at Sue Ryder, in Stubbington, held the event to raise money for the charity, which provides compassionate care to people with end of life and long term needs.

Visitors to the shop had the chance to win a dolls’ house, worth £130 by entering into a raffle and they enjoyed refreshments and entertainment along with a Christmas gift display.

Shop manager Claire Golding-Smith said: ‘It was a great evening for the whole family, with something to appeal to everybody.

‘By supporting Sue Ryder in this way, local people have helped us raise much needed money that will go directly to help people living with end of life and long-term conditions.

‘The money raised for the charity will help to ensure that people who are not going to get better can still enjoy the best quality of life for as long as they live.’

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