A volunteer for Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW), Freda Parkinson from Stawley, cut the ribbon at Langford Lakes Christmas Tree Farm to launch its newly extended Christmas shop on Friday 17 November.
The shop – nearly double in size to 2,250 square feet – is now officially open for the festive season and raises funds for the charity.
Reg Hendy, owner of Langford Lakes Christmas Tree Farm at Middle Hill Farm, Langford Budville, said: “Freda has been a member of the Wellington Friends’ Group of CHSW since it began 16 years ago. We wanted to take a moment to acknowledge her and all the hard-working volunteers and thank them for their commitment to the charity so she was our VIP ribbon cutter on the day.
“Freda was chosen from the numerous volunteers who help raise vital funds for the charity annually. We have a great relationship with the volunteers and they all work very hard locally for this exceptionally worthy cause.
“Once again, we’re hoping to collect as much money as possible for CHSW from the sale of mince pies and teas and coffees, aided by local volunteers for the charity, from our launch event through to our last day of trading before Christmas on December 23. Last year we raised £2,686 for the organisation.”
CHSW is currently the only provider of specialist hospice care for children in the region. It offers much needed support for youngsters with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition and their families at its three hospices: Charlton Farm in North Somerset, Little Bridge House in North Devon and Little Harbour in Cornwall.
Reg added: “We offer a large selection of Christmas decorations to suit a range of festive themes from decorations that sparkle to Nordic and retro items. We also stock fresh, handmade Christmas wreaths. Come along to get some new decorations for your home and see our displays and then pick up your fresh tree in early December.”
Langford Lakes Christmas Tree Farm is open every day until Saturday, December 23, 2017.