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Sunday, 21 December 2014

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Farm park brings attractions to Eden children’s hospice fun day

There were smiles and laughter when Eden House Children’s Hospice held its annual family fun day.

Eden hospice fun day photo
The Jewels of the Desert dancers

The hospice in Durdar Road, Carlisle, is the only children’s hospice in Cumbria.

The fun day is open to the families of the 60 children on its books and provides a rare opportunity for them to get together.

This year’s event on Sunday attracted several hundred people.

Walby Farm Park sent ducklings, rabbits and guinea pigs. The children’s entertainer Cheeky Charlie featured, Carlisle Clog and Sword put on a clog-dancing display and there was a performance of belly dancing by the Jewels of the Desert.

Jacqueline Jackson, an activities co-ordinator at the hospice, said: “This is our third year and it has got bigger and better every year. The atmosphere is amazing and with the sunshine as well there was a real feel-good factor.”

The fun day helps to raise money for Eden House, which costs £800,000 a year to run.

Mrs Jackson hopes to beat last year’s total of just under £600.

She praised the generosity of businesses that donated prizes for a tombola and treasure hunt. These included afternoon tea at Sharrow Bay, Ullswater, an evening meal at Davids in Carlisle, a family session with the llamas at the Llama Karma Cafe, Penrith, a massage at the Nail Bar in Penrith, afternoon tea at The Lounge, Penrith, and a meal at the Black Lion, Durdar.

Car dealer Benfield Volkswagen at Rosehill, Carlisle, is holding a charity day from 10am on Friday in aid of Eden House and the Eden Valley Hospice.

There will be competition and a tombola – prizes include a weekend in a Golf cabriolet – a barbecue and cakes, and a 140-mile spinathon on exercise bikes.

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