If pink is your favourite colour you were in for a big treat on Saturday 15th October at Cherry Lodge Cancer Care’s 2022 pink tombola stall in The Spires, Barnet. There were literally hundreds of pink items, some edible, some drinkable, some wearable, some ‘smellable’, some useful and some that simply brought a smile to people’s faces. In short there was an amazing array of pink objects, all to remind people that October is breast cancer awareness month and that Cherry Lodge is there to help.
It was a very pleasant day and a steady stream of passersby gradually emptied the table, which was fully covered when the fun began. This is always a very popular event and, as in previous years, we were recognised by old friends and members of Cherry Lodge. Several comments made to stall helpers were particularly appreciated. “I hope that by supporting you I’ll never need your services” said one, putting a donation in the collecting tin, whereas another called out, “I think Cherry Lodge is wonderful and so are you people!”
This year we again used the very clever invention by Kim and Annys, which involved a polystyrene board with some 1000 holes in it, each hole containing a stick to be pulled out. The ones with a red tip, marked with a heart, won a prize. Although this year we were not allowed to offer alcoholic drinks as prizes, this did not stop people from spending freely and thus supporting our charity.
The total raised by this splendid event was a very welcome £400.20. Many thanks to all who donated (pink items and money) and also to everyone who found time to visit our stall. Thank you too to the volunteers and staff, in front of and behind the scenes, who organised it. The pink tombola is a very important date on the Cherry Lodge calendar, increasing breast cancer awareness, reminding people about CL and helping raise funds for our much needed cancer information and support services.
As can be seen from the photos, the CL tombola stall provided a lot of pleasure and the little girl winning a pink teddy literally grinned from ear to ear, as did the girl who clung to her newly won cushion.
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