Normally Pickering would celebrate St George’s Day with a traditional lunch to raise funds but because of Covid it has had to be cancelled two years in a row.
Instead, the business group enTWine organised an online Zoom fundraising event that included a raffle, an auction and a game of heads and tails.
Lynne Gadsden, who co-founded enTWine last year, said: “Our business community in Tunbridge Wells always looks forward to the St George’s Day lunch and we knew how much Pickering depended on it, so we decided to do some fundraising for this wonderful charity ourselves.”
Pam Loch, who helped launch the forum, shared the support they had received from other local businesses: “We are so grateful to the local business community for stepping up with some amazing auction and raffle prizes.
“Among those who donated were COOK, Fudge Kitchen, Handelsbanken, Chilstone, Digitom Video Production, The TN Card, McQueen Hair & Beauty, Jim Hendley, Ruth Ferreira Coaching, Claudia Wiegand Handmade Glass, Grovewood Wealth Management and sculptor Louise Giblin.”
Pickering’s co-founder, Polly Taylor, delivered a special speech which prompted enTWine’s own co-founder, Victoria Samson, to say: “Polly gave such an inspiring and moving talk about the support Pickering gives not only to the person with cancer but to the whole circle of people surrounding them, including family and friends, it’s a charity which we know is very close to the hearts of people in this town and we are so pleased we could support them in this way.”
To further support the Pickering Cancer Drop-in Centre, visit pickeringcancercentre.org.uk