THE rain may have swept into town on Saturday, but so did a wave of goodwill for Woking & Sam Beare Hospices.
Staff and volunteers from the charity were out in force in Jubilee Square at the weekend for the launch of their New Build Appeal, which hopes to help the hospices find the remaining cash needed to complete their future facility in
Assisting the men and women in purple on their first day of a quest to raise some £3.4 million were singers and dancers from across the borough, with celebrity patron Michael Aspel also donning his rain jacket to join the festivities.
Prominent on the bill of entertainment were the Thames Valley Morris Men, Woking Amateur Operatic Society, and performers from Woking One World, a group who devise traditional dance pieces from around the globe.
The crowd then found themselves right in on the action as a Zumba flashmob engulfed the entirety of the square.
Facepainting and tombola prizes added to the day’s excitement, while bucket shakers were generously supported by shoppers. But the most pumped up individual on the day was the hospices’ newest recruit, Hope the heart-shaped mascot.
A real hit with young charity backers and more senior supports alike, Hope (pictured right with youngster Louis Roberts) took a bow on Saturday to rapturous applause.
No doubt we will all be seeing a lot more of Hope in the future.
To discover more about the appeal, go online to www.wsbhospice.co.uk/newbuild.
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