Thousands raised for Salisbury Hospice at Wessex Country Fair

Thousands raised for Salisbury Hospice at Wessex Country Fair

Published at 1:39pm 7th August 2019. (Updated at 1:56pm 7th August 2019)

The annual event, in the grounds of Wilton House, has become one of the charity's biggest fundraisers.

This year's Wessex Country Fair, held on Sunday (August 4th) saw 3,000 people going along - that's more than last time around.

All the proceeds from the event go to the Salisbury Hospice Charity.

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The 'dressage camels' proved to be a popular part of the Fair (photo from Donald Capewell)

The Fair's raised an 'amazing' £30,000 for the cause.

That money goes towards their efforts in providing palliative care for terminally ill patients, both in the Hospice itself and at home through their outreach services.

The Hospice also offers the families of patients with physical, spiritual, emotional and social care.

Around 1,000 people are supported by the charity each year.

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The Shrewton Silver Band entertained the crowds at the Wessex Country Fair once again (photo from Donald Capewell)

Event Organiser Katie Hughes said: 

"We are so grateful that so many of the local community turned out to support the event which has raised and incredible amount for Salisbury Hospice. I would like to thank everyone who helped make the day such a success, especially our tremendous volunteers. This event would not be possible without the kind permission of the Earl and Countess of Pembroke and without our generous sponsor Smith and Williamson."

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Falconry displays at the Wessex Country Fair (photo from Donald Capewell)

WHAT IS THE WESSEX COUNTRY FAIR?

It's described as a 'celebration of country ways and rural lifestyles'.

Attractions on the day included: 

  • Dressage camels
  • Donkey rides
  • Climbing wall
  • Falconry
  • Rescue dogs
  • Agricultural displays
  • Live music
  • Trading stalls
  • Vintage cars
  • Steam vehicles
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Live music on the day included Amesbury's Miller's Daughter (photo from Donald Capewell)

The Hospice Village on site was run by the charity's staff and volunteers was described as 'a great success' giving visitors a chance to learn more about the work of the hospice.

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