Trust gets festive with fund-raising

As a relatively recent volunteer at the Rollo Centre, I haven't yet been part of the Christmas holiday rota for cleaning out and feeding the animals, but I imagine some of us will be there as usual on Christmas morning or Boxing Day to ensure the '˜patients' get their equivalent of turkey with all the trimmings.

Sunday, 27th November 2016, 1:51 pm
Fused glass decorations on sale at Berwick Swan and Wildlife Trust Christmas Fair.

As a charity that relies entirely on volunteer effort and support from lovers of the local wildlife, the festive period is an important time for raising those all-important funds to help the trust continue its work throughout the year.

But we want our supporters to have fun too, so with that in mind we’re holding the Swan Trust’s Christmas Fair on Saturday, December 3, from 10.30am until 2pm, at Berwick Baptist Church Hall, near the New Bridge end of Golden Square.

Admission is free, and there’ll be some great activities and Christmas gift ideas, as well as the chance to win exciting prizes.

Stalls will include Cake or Candy and Water or Wine tombola, Swan Trust ‘goodies’ and bric-a-brac, and children will be able to get creative by painting their own tree baubles.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Visitors will be able to take their own adorable wildlife characters home in the shape of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Hedgehog and Santa Claws the Owl fused glass tree decorations, made exclusively in Berwick for the trust, and each one a unique design.

They and other hand-made fused glass gifts, such as bon-bon dishes, paperweights and bowls, will be on sale, with all proceeds going to the trust.

With tea and mince pies on offer as well, the Christmas Fair promises to be lots of fun.

Someone is going to get an extra boost this year with a win in the trust’s Christmas raffle. Tickets are 50p and prizes include a large luxury hamper and a beautiful framed print of a stag’s head by Amanda Brumwell. The winners will be drawn on Tuesday, December 13, so there’s still time to buy tickets from The Green Shop in Bridge Street, Baby Steps in Castlegate or Direct Pets in the Ramparts Business Park.

Another couple of ways supporters can get involved with the trust are by sponsoring one of our hedgehog residents over winter for £30, or by naming a hedgehog home – new outdoor hutches insulated against the winter cold, at £80. Both of these ideas could make lovely Christmas presents for friends or family members who love hedgehogs.

Which brings me to one more appeal for help. We don’t just want your money, we want your paving slabs as well.

Jim has been constructing wire mesh runs to go with the new hedgehog hutches and is on the look-out for paving slabs to lay a good dry path between them. If anyone has any paving slabs to spare (up to 2ft or 60cm square), please get in touch.

• Last week’s article was wrongly attributed to Pat Goff. It was, in fact, written by Elfrieda Waren. We apologise for the error.