Francis Holland School’s Christmas Fair in Regent’s Park raises thousands for charity

A school Christmas fair attended by more than 700 people has raised more than �4,500 for good causes.

Francis Holland School’s annual Christmas Fair on Saturday was a huge success - with the money raised being split between the Teenage Cancer Trust and other school-nominated causes, including its own summer camp run for local children by staff and pupils.

The event, which was organised the the Regents Park school’s parents’ association, had something for everyone - including music lovers, who were entertained by the school’s jazz band The Pink Ladies.

Santa’s “Grotto” provided much excitement for little ones, as did the generous prizes on the “Magic Christmas Tree”, while the school hall was brimming with festive delights, such as Christmas puddings, pannetones, seasonal chutneys and sauces.

There were even a few handmade Christmas cakes baked by Francis Holland’s own chef on sale and the Lower Sixth Young Enterprise groups donated the takings from their sales of bags and fashion accessories.

Those looking to avoid the Christmas rush and grab some early presents also had plenty of opportunity to do so, with items from Neal’s Yard, Rosie Watson Jewellery and Emma Jane Knight Cashmere on offer.

Headteacher Vivienne Durham said: “The FHS Christmas Fair always raises significant sums for charity and this year is no exception. I would like to thank our Parents’ Association for its incredible support of the school. Girls, parents and teachers always enjoy raising money for local charitable causes.”