The annual boutique Christmas shopping event which was held in October at Salisbury Racecourse had a bumper year, raising £50,301 despite cutting the number of stalls by 15% to allow more space for Covid safety measures. Amazingly this figure is a few thousand short of the total raised pre-Covid in 2019.
Bev Moulding, chair of the organising committee, said: “We are thrilled to have raised such an amazing amount for the Stars Appeal and Salisbury District Hospital. It has been such a difficult year for so many charity events so we feel very grateful that we could put it on again this year to raise these much-needed funds. Our thanks to everyone who came along to ‘Shop the Rock’ and of course to the stallholders for their continued support of the fair.”
Lord Pemrboke, President of the Stars Appeal, said: “To raise such an incredible amount in what were very challenging circumstances was I think even a surprise to the wonderful team that organised it! It was, in my opinion, the best Rockbourne fair yet with a beautifully curated selection of stands perfectly timed for the run up to Christmas. In what has been a challenging year for the Stars Appeal, a fundraising event such as this really has been a beacon of hope as we head to 2022 and goes to show that despite the barriers facing all of us, it is still possible to achieve the extraordinary. Thank you!.”
All of Rockbourne Fair’s profits go to the Stars Appeal, the charity which helps hundreds of patients at Salisbury District Hospital and supports the NHS staff who care for them. The Stars Appeal aim to raise over £1million each year to fund projects which offer direct, practical support to patients, their families and the Hospital’s staff.
Next year’s dates for your diary:
When: Wednesday 19th October 10am – 5.30pm, Thursday 20th October 10am – 8pm, Friday 21st October 10am – 3pm
Where: Salisbury Racecourse – Salisbury, Wiltshire SP2 8PN – Free Parking
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