Photos: Hatton Park community gets behind ‘fun-draising’ day for charities

The fun day consisted of stalls, BBQ, bar, live music, WI Bake Off and competitive events

Friday, 10th September 2021, 5:24 pm

Fun and fundraising were the order of the day in Hatton Park in Warwick last Sunday (September 5).

The community event, rescheduled from earlier in the summer due to Covid-19, has been hailed a huge success by the organisers who have raised more than £1,200 for two charities – Molly Olly’s Wishes and Warwickshire Domestic Abuse Service.

The fun day consisted of stalls, BBQ, bar, live music, WI Bake Off and competitive events and was the brainchild of local resident Jane Robbins who enlisted the help of friends and neighbours.

Livy and Grace Kettell at one the stalls. Photo by Victoria Jane Photography

Jane, who runs an events business JR Promotions, said: “The idea came to me one day during one of my lockdown walks around the estate. Bored with the complete lack of events work, I thought wouldn’t it be nice, when restrictions are lifted, for residents, rather than just nodding and saying hello as the passed, to have an opportunity to socialise properly with their neighbours.

“We’re so glad we put out requests on social media for the extra pairs of hands to help on the stalls and the bar as we had over 400 people, of all ages, popping in throughout the day.

"It really did have a very friendly, happy feel and we were really pleased with how it all went and the support we received.”

Molly Olly’s Wishes was established by Hatton Park’s Rachel and Tim Ollerenshaw in 2011 following the death of their eight-year-old daughter Molly from a rare kidney cancer.

The WI Bake Off was hailed a success. Photo by Victoria Jane Photography

The charity works to support children with terminal or life-limiting illnesses and their families and help with their emotional well-being as well as grant wishes and donate therapeutic toys and books to both children directly and to hospitals throughout the UK.

This year marks the 10 th anniversary of the charity which, last October, moved into its first dedicated town centre premises, in Warwick – the month in which Molly would have turned 18.

Rachel, who also charity ran a stall, said: “Community has been so important during the pandemic and it was lovely to finally be able to have a Hatton park Fun Day and give everyone the opportunity to meet up.

“It was a good opportunity to raise awareness and funds. The weather was kind and everyone who joined us had a fun day and there was something for all ages.

One of the art stall holders. Photo by Victoria Jane Photography

"A big thankyou to the organisers.

“Molly Olly’s are feeling the effects of the pandemic more this year than last year and donations are down considerably (approximately 30 per cent) at a time when we have seen a large increase (almost 20 per cent) in the requests for support.

"The charity has received over 370 wishes over the past year and relies on the support of businesses and individuals to ensure we can continue our services.

“We work closely with the local community nursing teams and together we can help make a very real difference at extremely challenging times.

Singer Mark Cooper entertains the crowds. Photo by Victoria Jane Photography

"Help can be provided in many different ways and we encourage you to come and meet us and find out more about our work and how you can help support children with life threatening illnesses.”

Half of the proceeds will also benefit the Hatton Park WI-nominated charity Warwickshire Domestic Abuse Service which provides county-wide support to women, men and children experiencing domestic violence.

It is a branch of Refuge – the country’s largest provider of specialist support – also offering refuge accommodation, independent domestic violence advocacy, outreach support and drop-in services.

Lynda Jackson, of Hatton Park WI, said: “We chose this charity to benefit after a number of us went and saw a play a few years ago that focused on the ill treatment of women, so it’s close to our hearts.”

Stuart Kettell, Jason Sammon and Ess Sangha provide the refreshments. Photo by Victoria Jane Photography
Rosie, 9, with her Olly The Brave colouring in for Molly Olly's Wishes stall. Photo by Victoria Jane Photography
Rachel Ollerenshaw on the Molly Olly's stall. Photo by Victoria Jane Photography
Kayla-Rose, 7, and her brother Matthew, 11. Photo by Victoria Jane Photography
Ivy Pielow, 5, and Arthur Pielow, 7, Livy Kettell, 6, Grace Kettell, 8. Photo by Victoria Jane Photography
Left to right: Some of the organising committee Jane Robbins, Jolande Hancock, Lou Simpson, Stuart Kettell, Rachel Ollerenshaw, Jennie Long and Jason Sammon Photo by Victoria Jane Photography
Issy Foyle, 12, with her handmade jewellery stall. Photo by Victoria Jane Photography
Brothers Connor 9 & Ewan 5 with an Olly The Brave. Photo by Victoria Jane Photography
The Molly Olly's Wishes stall. Photo by Victoria Jane Photography