Family organise food festival to raise cash for children’s hospital which treated their son

PUBLISHED: 10:21 09 September 2015 | UPDATED: 13:14 09 September 2015

The Ballard family

The Ballard family


A family are organising a food festival in Bexley to raise money for the children’s hospital which has been caring for their young son all his life

A family are organising a food festival in Bexley to raise money for the children’s hospital which has been caring for their young son since he was born.

Toby and Katie Ballard’s five-year-old Benji has been having treatment at Evelina Children’s Hospital for the whole of his short life, after being born with a chromosome abnormality.

This year alone he has had three operations, including open-heart surgery.

Now the pair - who run KTB Physiotherapy and Pilates in Dartford and Bexley – are raising cash to help the central London hospital, which is part of Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospital, continue its excellent work.

They have raised £22,000 so far and are hoping to reach £25,000.

The festival will be headlined by Ready Steady Cook’s Tony Tobin, who will be giving cookery demonstrations, and there will be Kentish ale, a farmers’ market selling local produce, homemade cakes and a tea tent.

There will also be a kids’ kitchen, free tours of the farm for kids, music from Eynsford Concert Band, a bouncy castle, face painting and a barbecue.

The festival takes place on Sunday, September 27 from noon to 4pm at Mill Meadows Farm. Entry is £5, or free for under-twos, and a pitch at the farmers’ market is £20.

For tickets drop into one of the clinics in Bourne Parade, Bexley or Westgate House, Spital Street, Dartford, or call 01322 277000 or 552299.


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