Carters Steam Fair raises over £15k in one weekend for Alexander Devine

Carters Steam Fair returned to West Wycombe once again in early July for its popular signwriting festival.

The event celebrates and promotes hand-painting and gives visitors young and old the opportunity to see professional signwriters and hand-letterers from around the world at work.

As well as the unique chance to see the artists and learn new skills, the festival also featured all the vintage fairground rides and attractions, many of which date from the 1890s to the 1960s and have all been painstakingly restored using these traditional techniques.

Joby Carter, owner of Carters Steam Fair, has passionately supported Alexander Devine for years and chose to use his Signwriting Festival as an opportunity to raise vital funds for us through a charity auction and donation of all entry fees.

Kate Wright, Fundraiser at Alexander Devine, praised the phenomenal fundraising efforts of Joby Carter and his team:

“We had an absolutely amazing time at Carters Steam Fair ‘Signwrighting Festival in West Wycombe.

It really as a treat to see so many talented signwriters create their masterpieces and then auction off these spectacular works of art to raise vital funds for our charity. We’re absolutely blown away that, thanks to the generous efforts of Joby Carter and his team, more than £15,360 was raised for Alexander Devine. A phenomenal amount that will make such a difference to helping us provide the specialist care and vital support that local children and their families need.

Our deepest thanks to everyone at Carters Steam Fair for their support and friendship over the years, to the artists who donated their work and, of course, to everyone who visited the fair and bid. What a weekend!”

Joby Carter, the owner of Carters Steam Fair, said:

“We all had an absolute blast and it was a joy to do it at the fair one last time. It’s a charity we love working with, such a great cause. The signwriting festival has been full of people doing what they love which is painting signs and signwriting. Often the signs are bought among one another as mutual respect or in this case we organised the festival so the public were buying signs as well.

It really did go fantastically well, it was such a pleasure and I’m sure it wont be the last thing we do, in one way or another. Thank you so much to the signwriters and everyone who bought the signs as well.”

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Last week we had the pleasure of welcoming the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, Cllr Christine Bateson, to our children’s hospice in Maidenhead.

It was a wonderful opportunity to show her our amazing state-of-the-art facilities and talk about the vital support we give to local children and their families, all made possible by donations and fundraising.

There are many misconceptions about what children’s hospice care is all about. Not many people understand the all-encompassing care that children’s hospice services like ours provide to children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions, and their families. As well as the specialist clinical care, our holistic and bespoke approach aims to provide the best possible support for each child and family. This includes support such as much-needed respite, specialist play for children and their siblings, symptom management, family support services, end of life care and bereavement support. As well as at our children’s hospice in Maidenhead, Alexander’s Care Team provides support in the family home and the community, including hospitals and schools.

With facilities at our hospice such as a hydrotherapy pool, sensory room and accessible playground, we offer opportunities for children and their siblings to experience fun, joy and adventures, and help families make precious memories for as long as they have. For some of these children and their families, we will support them for many years, for others it may be a shorter period of time.

During the visit, our CEO Fiona introduced the mayor to our some of our wonderful volunteers and members of Alexander’s Care Team. However, we think it was Thomas and Keanu’s big smiles that definitely proved to be the highlight of the visit!

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We were very grateful to receive a donation of amazing mental health awareness self-care packages from Charlotte, founder of a lovely local small business called MindFill. They work with a range of clients to curate beautiful and bespoke branded care packages to help with employee wellness.

Thank you for thinking of us, what a lovely treat!
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