Hospice picnic a big hit

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A FAIR to raise money for a hospice has been deemed a huge success.

 The annual Picnic in the Park fair for St Cuthbert’s Hospice saw 300 people venture on to the grounds of the site to show their support for the charity.

 The visitors enjoyed the sunshine as they browsed at stalls selling bric-a-brac, jewellery, gifts, books, cakes and sweets.

 One avid supporter of the hospice is Ken Allday.

 After losing his wife, Joan, to cancer, Ken climbed to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge on his 80th birthday to raise money for the hospice in which she spent her last days.

 Ken spent the day showing people his Olympic Torch, which he ran with during the Durham leg of the relay.

 The event raised £3,000 for the charity, which is the most successful Picnic in the Park to date.

 Organiser Jade Mcardle said: “There was a wonderful atmosphere at Picnic in the Park and it was great to see so many of our supporters come together to help the hospice.

 “Events like Picnic in the Park are not only a great opportunity to raise vital funds, but they also give us the chance to meet the many people who help the hospice each year.“