Fete raises cash for Help for Heroes

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HUNDREDS of pounds were raised at a summer fete, which went to an armed forces charity.

The Carlton Club, in Portsdown Avenue, Drayton, held the event in aid of Help for Heroes, where £2,500 was raised.

It was opened by Portsmouth Lord Mayor, Councillor Frank Jonas.

Leslie Minty, chairman of the club, said: ‘We were delighted when the Lord Mayor accepted the invitation in the first place.

‘We certainly did not expect him to not only open the fete, but also to spend a further two hours going around all of the stalls and children’s attractions.

‘He made a very sincere and heartfelt speech and made sure he spoke to every stallholder.

‘With his help we managed to raise the fantastic sum of £2,500 for Help for Heroes.’

She added: ‘The children were thrilled with the fire engine being there.

‘We have a Lord Mayor who is a credit to our fine city.

‘He is a very caring and compassionate man, who is genuinely interested in our community.’

Firefighters from Cosham fire station were on hand to give a talk on safety in the home and children were given the chance to sit inside a fire engine.

People were also entertained by The Solent Junior School Dancers, The Yee Haa Stompers, and The Serenity Twirl Dancers.