Mount Folly Festival most successful to date

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A charity festival has proved to be a resounding success.

The Mount Folly Charity Festival held its third family-run event at Mount Folly Nurseries in Wickham.

All the money raised went to Naomi House and The Rowans hospices.

Many local businesses, including Wickham Beer Festival, turned out in support of the event, donating tombola prizes and making contributions to the fundraising.

The event raised more than £1,700, which is its biggest total to date.

Arts and crafts stalls as well as local businesses were invited into the nursery, and the Vita Spa Hot Tubs were open to try out.

The bandstand, built inside for the occasion, held live entertainment all day from a variety of local bands, music and dance groups, including Solent Sounds Barbershop Chorus, The Igloo Choir and Band, Jazz Funk Coalition, Quinzhee and Aziza Egyptian Dancers.

Dielle Hannah, daughter of the organisers Graham and Angela Cowles, and director of Igloo Music, said: ‘These charities are both very special to me.

‘The Rowans has provided end of life care for two of our family members.

‘I first did charitable work for a children’s hospital abroad when I was 18.

‘It is a privilege to work with organisations that provide such essential services to local families in dire circumstances’.