Effingham school’s winter fair raises thousands  

Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser

GOOD CAUSE: There were dozens of stalls selling goods during the festive fair

By Dorking Advertiser  |  Posted: December 12, 2015

THE Howard of Effingham School held a winter shopping evening to raise funds for their parent teacher association.

More than 250 people went through the festively-decorated foyer of the school hall where some thirty stall holders were selling a wide range of goods including clothes, handbags, jewellery and art.

The shopping event was promoted widely to both the school and local communities.

Many of the stallholders were parents of past or present students.

The front of the school was adorned with Christmas lights and decorations to enhance the atmosphere.

In addition to all the goods on offer, the school ukulele group performed two surprise sets to rapturous applause.

All shoppers received a glass of fizz and a mince pie on entry to help give a glamorous air to the proceedings.

As well as the stalls, the event also featured two raffles and a silent auction with prizes donated by many local organisations.

More than £2,200 was raised which will go towards various school projects including the school minibuses, sports and academic awards as well as equipment for the hall.

The stalls included Cotton Flower, run by Rachel Savin, who buys her products from the Ganga Learning Centre in an economically deprived area of India.

The enterprise funds a start-up school for the young children of the women involved in making the items so they can receive a basic education.

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