Exciting summer calendar of events to raise funds for Willow Wood

By Max Barrett

WILLOW Wood has an exciting array of events in store to help raise funds for the hospice.

The centre, on Mellor Road, Ashton-under-Lyne, provides free, specialist palliative care for adults with life-limiting illnesses, putting the patients, families and their carers at the centre of everything they do.

On Saturday, July 13 is a poignant butterfly release and summer fete, offering a lovely day for all the family.

Enjoy food and drinks in the restaurant or from the barbeque in the garden, as well as browsing a variety of stalls including plants grown in Willow Wood’s greenhouse and gardens.

There will be a raffle, tombola and much more including for the first time, traditional children’s games.

And there will be three butterfly releases in memory of loved ones lost, taking place at 12noon, 1.30pm and 3pm in the sensory garden.

Butterflies can be purchased at £15 each online at www.willowwood.info or by contacting Elaine in Fundraising on 0161 330 7788.

The event runs from 11am-4pm, £2 entry fee.

Then on Tuesday, July 16 grab a bargain as Willow Wood holds a clearance sale from 10am-3pm.

There will be rock bottom prices on a whole range of goods, including furniture, vinyl, books, small electrical goods, clothes, accessories, toys and much more.

There will also be a ‘Fill a Bag for a Fiver’ on selected adults and children’s clothes, as well as sale prices of just £1 for shoes, bags and much more.

On Thursday, July 18, tickle your tastebuds at a Cocktails and Dreams event.

Guests can enjoy the chilled-out day sitting in the garden with deckchairs, cocktails, Sangria, lemonade, cakes and strawberries and cream.

Entry is free (but donations are gratefully received) so just turn up between 5pm-8pm for a relaxing evening. The event will be held each Thursday between July 11-August 15.

Then on Wednesday, July 24 tuck in at a ‘Foods Around The World’ event, this time travelling to Mexico while staying in Glossop at the Cask and Kitchen (7pm-10pm).

There will be a Mexican meal and fantastic atmosphere for £22. Limited places so book as soon as possible – contacting Elaine in Fundraising on 0161 330 7788 or email: elaine.mcconnell@willowwood.info

The mouth-watering menu will include aSunrise Cocktail on arrival, Nachos with Tex Mex dips, Fajita Steak Strips, Pulled Pork Burrito, Smoked Brisket Chili and Rice.

To find out more about the events or to book, go online: https://www.willowwood.info

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