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Charities Pepenbury and Hospice in the Weald are working together to provide handmade gifts at Tunbridge Wells’ ice rink

PUBLISHED: 10:52 24 November 2016 | UPDATED: 10:52 24 November 2016

Pepenbury and Hospice in the Weald are working together this Christmas

Pepenbury and Hospice in the Weald are working together this Christmas

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The ice rink is open until January 2 2017

With only five weeks until Christmas, well known local charities Pepenbury and Hospice in the Weald are working together to take a charity chalet at the Tunbridge Wells ice rink in the run up to Christmas.

Visitors can buy handmade gifts for friends and family whilst at the same time supporting a charity that continues to provide that vital care to those who need it.

Local learning disability charity Pepenbury will be selling some of their handmade pieces of art and pottery made by their staff and service users specifically for this event.

The first two weekends of December they will also be selling Christmas trees down at the ice rink in Calverley Grounds.

All proceeds made will go towards supporting people with learning disabilities and complex needs that live in our local community.

Pepenbury will also be selling trees from the November 26 on their main site in Cornford Lane, Pembury every day all the way through till Christmas. They will be there every weekend and weekdays to and including December 21.

Fundraising and communications manager Camilla Slattery, said: “We are delighted to be taking part and working together with Hospice in the Weald in the Charity Chalet. There is a real synergy between our charities as we both provide care and support to the people of Tunbridge Wells and around Kent. We are looking forward to being part of this fantastic event and meeting lots of new people. Please do stop by and say hello.”

Hospice in the Weald will be selling their Hospice Christmas cards, as well as promoting their annual remembrance event, Light up a Life from November 18 to December 18.

The charity provides care completely free of charge to patients with a terminal illness, their families and carers, in the community we serve.

Rachel Heath, fundraising manager, said: “Our care and vital services provide physical and medical support to help with pain or other symptom control, as well as emotional support (psychological, social or spiritual) from the day someone is told they have a terminal illness, throughout their treatment and continuing illness or death. We are reliant on the generosity of our community to help us fund our vital services which are provided completely free of charge to patients with a terminal illness, families and carers. Every donation, no matter the size, helps us to reach the £7 million we need each and every year just to maintain our existing services; only 11% of our funding is provided by the government.”

The ice rink is open until January 2 2017. Skating tickets cost: adults from £10.50, and children £7. They can be purchased from www.tunbridgewellsatchristmas.com or 01892 554645.

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