£1,000 raised for elderly in the town

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Over £1,000 was raised for the elderly in Eastwood at an event held earlier this month.

Josie Marsters, who runs the town’s Age Concern charity, hosted a big autumn festival at Eastwood Hall on October 4.

Josie said it was the biggest charity fair she has put on to date, with 75 stalls turning out on the day.

She said she wanted to host the event to showcase the talent in Eastwood and celebrate Older Persons Day on October 1.

The Mayor of Eastwood Councillor Keith Longdon opened the festival and people sold jewellery, leather goods, handcrafted knits, children’s clothes and a range of local crafts.

There were alternative therapies, information displays and a variety of local and national groups such as Dementia Friends, Age UK, the Alzheimers Society, Breathe Easy and the Royal British Legion.

A Cilla Black tribute act kept visitors entertained, as well as Big Dave Bopper who sang his 50’s and 60’s hits and Simon Fox who opened the event with music on his electric organ.

Children were also kept entertained with games and face painting.

Age Concern trustee Josie has done several fairs in the past, including one at Beauvale Priory two years ago, but she said this one was the most successful to date.

“We raised a lot of money for a good cause and it was a successful event.

“Events on this scale are normally organised by Broxtowe Borough Council so it was great to do one of my own.”

The money will go towards the running costs of Age Concern Eastwood.

The charity puts on lunch and entertainment on weekday afternoons for local pensioners. It is funded by a council grant and charity events.

Josie wants to thank the volunteers who helped out on the day.