Chari-Tea Van a Great Success
Regular visitors to the nursery, and anyone who has seen us on Facebook, will know that, this year, we started selling tea and cake for charity from a little caravan. We called it the Chari-Tea Van. We set ourselves a goal of raising £400 for our chosen charity, The Maria Hanson Foundation.
The year started with brisk sales during spring and through the Easter period. But a combination of school holidays and poor weather during August made the prospect of reaching that total look doubtful.
But with the help of some persistent social media pestering, we passed our total with about a week to go before we closed for the year at the end of September.
Yesterday the charity held its 10th Anniversary Ball – its main fundraiser of the year – and we were there. At a gala evening held in the Hilton Hotel at St George’s Park in Burton, we were delighted to hand over a big Chari-Tea cheque for £550 to Maria herself.
Where Does this Donation Go?
As Maria explains on her website:
This is the purpose of the Maria Hanson Foundation (me&dee registered charity) by arranging holidays at the Mablethorpe seaside in two caravans, along with beach huts, for families in this position and for physically and emotionally injured service men and women where very precious memories can be made together. The charity was formed to create special moments & memories to ensure both children and adults share distinctive experiences when time is precious.
So to everyone who tried our gluten-free carrot cakes and millionaire’s shortbreads this year, and to those who donated cash, we’d like to say a huge thank you!