Christmas wreath making raises funds to help beat childhood cancer

Wreath-making in full swing

Hartsfield Manor hotel, in Betchworth, added to the funds it has raised for George and the Giant Pledge with a series of Christmas wreath making events in November and December.

The sessions brought in £1,500 on top of £12,000 already raised by the hotel group for the Giant Pledge.

The events proved popular in 2018, so more were added for the 2019 festive season.

With support from local gardener Renée Carter, also known as ‘The Girl Who Gardens’, and Holborn’s stores supplying the materials, the events were a truly local affair.

Attendees enjoyed minces pies and a glass of fizz in the historic manor house with an in-depth tutorial on wreath-making by Renée followed by the chance to make their own beautiful wreaths to take home.

Some of the materials for the wreaths were gathered from the grounds at Hartsfield Manor.

Vicki Woodall who, along with husband James is behind George and the Giant Pledge, was on hand at each event, daytime and evening, to help with adding extra bits to wreaths and selling raffle tickets.

Since being set up in 2017, George and the Giant Pledge has now raised around £1.6 million for The Royal Marsden Hospital Cancer Charity.

Giles Thomas, operations director at The Manor Collection said: “We love supporting The Giant Pledge as they are a local charity, and even more so we really do enjoy offering a fundraising event that’s a little bit different.”

He added: “We’ve held quiz nights, family fun days and Easter egg hunts for The Giant Pledge and have every intention of continuing to support them.”


Vicki (2nd left) and James Woodall (4th left) with the cheque