Festival smashes £25,000 fundraising figure for Evelina London Children’s Hospital

PUBLISHED: 08:55 30 September 2015 | UPDATED: 08:55 30 September 2015

Katie and Toby Ballard

Katie and Toby Ballard


Bexley couple saw hundreds attend event in the grounds of their home at the weekend

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A food festival held in the grounds of a family’s home to raise money for a children’s hospital raised more than £4.200 at the weekend - pushing theire total fundraising effort for the hospital so far past the £25,000 mark.

Hundreds of people visited the first ever KTB Charity Food Festival on Sunday held by Bexley couple Katie and Toby Ballard on their farm home in the middle of the village.

The couple have been tirelessly raising money for the Evelina London Children’s Hospital, which has been caring for their son Benji since he was born five years ago with a chromosomol abnormality.

The condition has meant that Benji has had many operations and treatments at the hospital including open-heart surgery earlier this year.

KTB Charity Food FestivalKTB Charity Food Festival

The Ballards, directors of KTB Physio which sponsored the event, also have another son, Benji’s younger brother Henry – he does not have the condition.

The family had previously raised £22,000 for the hospital and have now exceeded their £25,000 milestone.

Their garden became a mini festival arena, with a market street for local produce to be bought alongside craft stalls, a tipple tent, live music, children’s tractor rides, a fire engine to climb into, a St John Ambulance to have a look at, bouncy castle and face-painting.

Mr and Mrs Ballard said: “The event was a resounding success with a fantastic atmosphere, brilliant sunshine and lots of happy families exploring the stalls and enjoying the entertainment. We are delighted to have raised so much for the hospital to say thank-you for all the amazing work they do.”

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