A Seasonal Roundup from the Fundraising Team

events 2023

It has been an action-packed final quarter for our fundraising team, with a host of wonderful events. From pop-up shops to quiz evenings and carol concerts, thank you to all those who have supported us this season.


Pop up Shop
We held our ‘pre-loved’ pop up shop in February, once again in the perfect little room at the back of The White Bear. We raised £3773. Thank you to our wonderful volunteers – Nicola, Jane, Jules, Joanna, Sophie, Liz and Ginnie. We really couldn’t have done it without you! Thank you also to The White Bear for giving us the use of their room, and to Shiptons jewellers in Stratford who donated a beautiful selection of jewellery.

Tysoe WI
On 5th April, Jo and Kate were invited to Tysoe WI where they were presented with £1180 raised from raffles and the WI Craft Club. This makes the money raised by Tysoe WI for Shipston Home Nursing in 2023 a magnificent £1540. Our enormous thanks to Eileen, the President of Tysoe WI, and the ladies of Tysoe WI

The Tartan Fling
This fun Scottish Reeling party for teenagers took place at Townsend Hall in Shipston on 6th April, donating £2418.53 to SHN. We are most grateful for their ongoing support.

Walton Hall Fun Run
After a week of rain, the sun finally shone for our annual 10k run / walk at Walton Hall in Wellesbourne. This year, we also introduced a 5k route which proved popular, and we were delighted to see 220 runners and walkers cross the start line. This event couldn’t take place without our wonderful volunteers who manage the registration, marshal the route, set up our marquee and help us pack down and, of course, the fabulous Gilda Gardner who plans and manages the route and had to do a last-minute re-route due to excessive mud! Thanks also go to our sponsors – Forsyth Farmwork, Fred Hutsby and Warwick Sports Shop – to Voneus Broadband, our headline sponsor and to Shipston Co-op for donating all our bottled water. Finally, thank you to the amazing team from Sheldons who were, once again, our top fundraisers. We raised £9756 for Shipston Home Nursing.

Plant Sales
The 2023 Plant & Home Produce took place in 12 villages this year, raising a magnificent £9369 for SHN. Special thanks go to all the wonderful stall holders and helpers, and to Fudge Ramsey who sourced and distributed many of the incredible plants. We would also like to thank Irene Rockett who grew 160 plants and baked 150 gingerbread men for us! And, of course, a huge thank you to Lindsey and Pat who grow and sell plants for us all year round in the pretty garden of the Insomnia Coffee Shop in Ettington. Their dedication and generosity is so very much appreciated.

National Garden Scheme, Ilmington
Thank you to all participants and visitors of the National Garden Scheme in Ilmington. They raised a magnificent sum this year and so generously donated £2,654.50 to Shipston Home Nursing. It was a perfect weekend to enjoy beautiful gardens in the countryside, with delicious cakes and refreshments from Ilmington Community Shop.

Olga’s sales at The White Bear
Throughout the year, Olga Satterly and her wonderful team of helpers organise sales at The White Bear in Shipston, giving all their proceeds to Shipston Home Nursing. Wednesday 31st May saw a magnificent sale of home essentials and beautiful plants, raising £402.41. Thank you Olga and team, and thank you to Emma at The White Bear who so kindly lets us use her excellent function room.

Shipston Excelsior Golf Day
Allison and Kate had a great day running the Champagne tent at the Shipston Excelsior FC Golf Day at Feldon Valley on the 6th June. A huge thanks to SEFC for their generous donation of £500 to Shipston Home Nursing.

George Wilkes Cello Recital
On Friday 16th June, we were blessed with a beautiful sunny evening for our cello recital with George Wilkes, accompanied by pianist Lynn Arnold at the picturesque Butlers Marston church. George was performing in memory of his grandmother, Jenn Grove. The church was full and we had the most wonderful evening, raising just over £2000 for Shipston Home Nursing. Our enormous thanks to George and to Laurie, Kate and Alan for their ongoing support of Shipston Home Nursing.

Butterfly Walks at Blackberry Farm
Richard Gray so kindly invited people to walk around the beautiful countryside surrounding Blackberry Farm, throughout the month of July. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t on our side this year, although there were more butterflies than ever! Richard raised £760 and we are enormously grateful for his ongoing support.

August Village Shows
August saw a flurry of village shows. This year we were at Tysoe, Ilmington and Brailes show. Thank you so much for having us, and for your continued support of the charity.

Wolf Run
The annual Wolf Run at Offchurch Bury was as busy as ever. An enormous thanks to all those who helped us run the Bag Drop – it’s great fun but hard work! This year, we also entered a Junior Wolf Run team who raised £1285. We’re so proud of them all. Alongside the £1200 received from the Wolf Run organisers, this event raised a grand total of £2485. We look forward to doing it all again in September 2024.

Burmington Grange – National Garden Scheme
We spent a wonderful afternoon at Burmington Grange on Sunday 10th September. Torrential rain stopped five minutes before the gardens opened, and the sun shone for the rest of the afternoon. Vanessa and Caroline were our wonderful helpers, serving delicious cakes and tea with Kate and Allison, and we raised £561 for Shipston Home Nursing. Our enormous thanks to Fudge and Patrick Ramsay for inviting us and to all those who donated home made treats for us to serve.
Feldon Valley Golf Day
The sun shone for us this year at Feldon Valley on the 15th September. We couldn’t have been more fortunate with the weather, or the company! 15 teams took part this year and we raised a ground-breaking total of £5581.
Our thanks go to our fantastic volunteers, in particular Andy Nabbs and Les Hardiman who organise the event for us. Thank you also to our donors and sponsors. Can we get to 18 teams next year?

 Tysoe Post Office
Thank you to Tysoe Post Office and the talented stall holders who hosted an autumn pop up on the 22nd September, raising money for SHN. We very much appreciate your support.
Pop Up Shop
We had another fantastic three days at The White Bear in October, raising £3640 for Shipston Home Nursing. Enormous thanks to volunteers Jane Cleave, Nicola Loades, Joanna Cook, Caroline Gunn, Jules Catrell and Sophie Corlett for all their help – we just couldn’t do this event without you! Thank you also to Emma at The White Bear for all her support of Shipston Home Nursing over the years, from providing us with event space to baking hundreds of delicious mince pies for our annual Gift Fairs.
Idlicote Quiz
We were delighted to attend the Idlicote Quiz Night on Friday 7th October raising money for SHN and the Friends of Idlicote Church. A grand total of £683 was raised for us! Our thanks go to Kari Dill and her team for organising such a lovely evening, and to the Miesegaes’ for hosting it in their barn.
Moda Rosa Designer Sale
What a treat to be joined by Moda Rosa again this year for their annual designer sale at Darlingscott Farm. As ever, the clothes were beautiful with some incredible bargains to be had, and SHN benefited from 10% of the sales. Our enormous thanks go to Moda Rosa and to Maggie and John Sargent for so kindly hosting this event.
Coffee morning at The Black Horse, Moreton Morrell
On 11th November, a coffee morning at The Black Horse in Moreton Morrell raised funds for SHN, selling coffee and cake alongside books and our Christmas cards. It was so kind of them to think of us and they raised £358.17.
Christmas Gift Fair
It seems unbelievable that another year has passed since the last Christmas Gift Fair. We were back at Ettington Community Centre in November, with a wonderful mix of new stalls and familiar faces selling beautiful things. It was a real treat to be joined by Shakespeare Kitchen this year who served delicious canapes on ‘opening night’. This event couldn’t take place without our amazing volunteers who help us set up, marshal the car park, make soup, bake cakes, run the tombola etc etc! We absolutely couldn’t do it without them. This years fair raised a magnificent £6200 for SHN.

Kineton Victorian Evening
This really felt like the start of the festive season for us. Gemma and Kate enjoyed a lovely evening in Kineton, with a stall in between the WI and the Guides! We ran our tombola, sold some merchandise and enjoyed chatting to the lovely people of Kineton. We raised £120 – thank you for having us!
Knit and Natter in Oxhill
The Knit and Natter ladies of Oxhill raised an incredible £436.75 at their November ‘Made in Oxhill, Pop-Up Arts and Crafts shop.’ Thank you so much for your support.
Shipston Victorian Evening
A wonderful, if not rather chilly way to start December! Allison and friends enjoyed a lovely evening in Shipston, listening to the local choirs and getting into the Christmas spirit. We ran our tombola, sold merchandise and enjoyed chatting to lots of people. We raised £220.
Ray Luker
Every year, Ray adorns his house with magnificent Christmas lights, raising money for us. This year he raised a magnificent £237.05. We are enormously grateful to Ray for his continued support.
Strictly Come Carolling
A new event for us, Saturday 2nd December saw ‘Strictly Come Carolling’ at Holy Trinity church in Stratford upon Avon. We were joined by some incredibly talented people – musical director Julian Harris, soprano Mollie Smith, organist Adrian Moore and our patron, Anton Lesser, who read from Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’. Over 320 supporters formed the congregation and 40 fabulous singers joined the event for a ‘one night only’ choir, including children from Alcester Grammar School. Sip n Swig served drinks on arrival and in the interval (mulled wine went down very well!). The event was shared with The Royal Orthopaedic Charity, raising over £4000 for each charity.
Art in Darlingscott
Local artist Sandra Holstead held a pottery sale on the 3rd of December, in aid of Shipston Home Nursing, raising £2200. Thank you so much Sandra for your support.
Craft Fair at Brailes Village Hall
Friday 8th December saw our very first craft fair at Brailes Village Hall. Talented stall holders joined us for a day of festive cheer, and we raised over £1200 for SHN through our tombola, raffle and ‘cafe’. Thank you to Nicola, Bridget, Ginnie, Caroline, Jane, Heidi, Jules and Debbie for all their help, and thank you to Paddock Farm who donated THE most delicious hot sausage rolls!

Christmas at Primrose Hill
We were thrilled to join the Primrose Hill Farm team at their Christmas Fair. Our SHN stall raised over £150, we met lots of lovely people and felt very festive! Thank you to Primrose Hill Farm for your support.

Warwickshire Christmas Trees
Over the festive season Warwickshire Christmas Trees supported SHN by donating 10% of the price of a tree when the buyer mentioned our name. They also supported us with collection buckets in their barn. We’re delighted to announce that a total of £365.15 was raised! Thank you so much for you continued support.

And finally… a number of wonderful people support us throughout the year. We would like to thank:

Elizabeth, Richard and John for hosting our monthly walks.

Olga Satterly who hosts stalls at all our events, selling products to raise money for SHN.

Hannah Porter for designing beautiful Christmas cards again for us this year.

The fabulous Kilimanjaro adventurers, Paul, Jess and Natalie who raised £5003 for Shipston Home Nursing and Myton Hospice – what an amazing feat!

Susan Taylor at The Driftway, who holds a year-round sale outside her home.

Robert Harper for helping us with the ongoing sales of SHN walk books.

Deborah Williams who donates the beautiful Tulipa Armscote bulbs, giving all proceeds to SHN. This year, Tulipa Armscote raised £2622. Thanks also go to Taste of the Country, Ilmington Community Shop, The Cottage Garden Florist and Whichford Pottery who so kindly sell the bulbs for us.

David Hancock who sells items for us at his auctions in Brailes, donating the funds to SHN.

Lindsey, Pat and the green-fingered team who nurture and sell plants in the garden behind Insomnia Coffee in Ettington. This year, they have raised nearly £8,000 for Shipston Home Nursing. Our thanks also to Insomnia Coffee for the use of their beautiful garden.

Tania Llewellyn and her daughter Rose, who donate 10% of the sales from their studio throughout the year.

Rosie Gough and friends at Mill Court in Shipston who raise money through their collection tin.
E.H Spencer, Richard Harvey, Mrs Browns Tea Room and The Shipston Therapy Centre who support us throughout the year through the sale of merchandise. Thank you also to Sheldons Wine Cellars, The Howard Arms, Taste of the Country, The Bower House and Turners of Shipston.
Co-op and Tesco in Shipston on Stour through gifts in kind.
Whichford Pottery who donate a percentage of the sales of their Bee Pot.

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