AN Arabian Nights theme supper and auction raised £3,200 for Uplyme Community Sponsorship Scheme.
The scheme is raising funds to resettle a Syrian refugee family in the local area, and this latest fundraising has helped it reach the £9,000 required by government to start the resettlement process.
Eva Fahle-Clouts from Uplyme Community Sponsorshop Scheme said: “We would like to thank all the people involved with the Arabian Nights auction of promises last Saturday in the Uplyme Village Hall, for all the wonderful contributions and for coming along to the evening. “We had a great evening; Cathy and Amanda’s food was excellent and we had two brilliant auctioneers, John Gooden and John Snape, who managed to persuade people to part from their money.
“We had the most wonderful promises – music lessons, maths lessons, artists offered to do portraits, a local photographer offered photo sessions, a fossil walk, fishing trip, boat trips, Alexander Technique and other therapy sessions, vintage dresses, a bread baking course and local cafés offered coffee and cake (Amid Giants & Idols), cream tea (Black Dog Tea Room) and breakfast (Court Yard Café), and last but not least help with a planning application and/or planning of house extension.
“A wonderful team of helpers transformed the village hall and beautiful flowers on the tables created a very festive atmosphere. Thanks also to Richard Main from the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis for all their support.
“We made more than £3,200 on the night, which means we have the £9,000 together that the government requires to start the actual resettlement process. A house is in sight and we are planning to hand in our application form in December.
“We will continue with fundraising to get a bit more money together than the bare minimum. So watch out for further events.”
Upcoming fundraising events including a coffee morning on Saturday, December 7 at the Driftwood Café in Lyme Regis Baptist Church; a performance by Uplyme Gospel Singers at Axmouth Church for the opening of its Christmas tree festival at 7.30pm on December 10; and a concert by the Lyme Light Singers at Lyme Regis Baptist Church from 7.30pm on December 15.
Uplyme Community Sponsorship Scheme is also taking part in Lyme Regis Christmas Tree Festival, to be held at the Baptist Church from December 20 to 22.
Eva added: “In case we don’t see you there we are wishing you all a festive season, a joyful Christmas and a peaceful and wonderful 2020!”