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    KSPA Fair Raises £3,000 for Local Charities

    Donations made to the Salvation Army and the mental health charity CHUMS.

    Pupils from Kimbolton School have presented The Salvation Army, Rushden with a cheque for £1,500. The money, raised at the School’s annual Christmas Fair, will help fund local community projects by the Rushden Salvation Army. A further £1,500 raised at the Fair has been donated to CHUMS, a mental health and emotional wellbeing service for children and young people in Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

    Visitors to the Fair, organised by the Kimbolton School Parents’ Association (KSPA), enjoyed browsing a range of festive gifts in the stunning State Rooms of Kimbolton Castle, including original work by local artists, handmade jewellery and artisan jams. The convivial atmosphere was enhanced by the Salvation Army, Rushden’s brass band, playing Christmas carols as shoppers browsed the stalls.

    Christmas Fair organiser Dr Catherine Salkield said: “The KSPA is proud to support local charities and hearing about the work of the Salvation Army and CHUMS in our local area was very rewarding for the team who led our fundraising efforts. The money was raised through ticket sales, a raffle, and a percentage of the overall takings.”

    The KSPA is led by an active group of enthusiastic parents who organise and manage social events to enhance the school community, raise funds for extra-curricular activities and donate to recognised charities.

    Following on from the success of the Christmas Fair, the next events in the KSPA’s calendar are a Quiz night on 1 March and the biennial Butterfly Ball on Saturday 4 May. The ball continues to raise funds for Action Against Cancer and this year will also support the William Templeton Foundation for Young People’s Mental Health.