Generous diners and auction raise money

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MORE than £200,000 has been raised for a children’s hospice from a host of dinner parties and an auction.

Earlier this year people were invited to host a dinner in their home and take part in the Great Wessex Dinner. An auction and various dinner parties involving 2,000 people from across the south coast managed to raise £228,000.

The money will be split between Naomi House, near Winchester, which helps children with life-threatening illnesses, and their families and a hospice in Dorset.

Head of fundraising Paul Morgan said: ‘Naomi House and Jacksplace were thrilled to be beneficiaries of the Great Wessex Dinner.

‘The committee has ensured the event has support right across the community.

‘We look forward to inviting people to take part when the dinner comes back.’