Christmas in Winford

As always, the children go back to school and the shops no sooner remove the school uniforms but to replace the gap with their Christmas stock. Despite many people’s protests Christmas is now fast approaching and if you recall from previous years, I am sure that Christmas suddenly sprung up on you leaving you with a mad dash to find unusual gift items for the loved ones in your life. Winford Village Pre-school acknowledge that Christmas can be a challenging time and they are proud to present their annual Christmas Shopping Evening to be held on Friday 18th November 2011 at Winford Village Hall starting at 7pm.

For those who have attended this annual event in previous years you are sure to remember the fantastic selection of stalls offering superb innovative quality gifts to suit every price range. If you are new to attending the evening rest assured it is a hugely popular event and we are convinced you will find bargains galore, from stocking fillers to lavish gifts, you may even be able to find a little treat for yourself! To get you in the Christmas spirit mulled wine and mince pies will also be available throughout the evening.

Tickets are available either in advance for the cost of £1.00 from the numbers at the bottom of this article or on the door for £1.50 and a prize draw will also be held on the evening offering a vast array of sumptuous prizes. Proceeds from this year’s Christmas Shopping Evening and Prize Draw will be split evenly between the Pre-school and The Harvey Hext Appeal.

For those of you who have yet to hear about the Harvey Hext Appeal it is a local registered charity set up by his parents and supported by both Winford Village Pre-school and Winford School.

Lots of you may already know Harvey and his family through the school, but for those of you who don’t, Harvey is a happy, funny, fun loving and very cheeky little 5 year old boy. Harvey who is an ex-Winford Pre-schooler, started school at Winford School last September, alongside his identical twin brother Spencer, but sadly has only been well enough to attend a few times.

In June last year the lives of the Hext family were devastated when Harvey was diagnosed with stage 4 Neuroblastoma, a very aggressive childhood cancer. Since then Harvey has amazed his family and his doctors with the way in which he has coped with the chemotherapy and MIBG therapy he has been given, he has also recovered very well from a 14hr operation to remove the primary tumour in his stomach. Throughout the awful treatment he has had to endure Harvey has remained spirited and inspirational.

Harvey has not responded to the chemotherapy as hoped. At the moment Consultants are still treating Harvey’s cancer as curable, however treatments in the UK for Neuroblastoma are limited and treatments given abroad DO work. Should the need arise for Harvey to be treated in Germany or the USA; the family will be looking at a cost of around £300,000. As a direct result the family created the Harvey Hext Appeal to try and reach this target in order to give Harvey the chance of life he deserves.

Please show your support for your local village Pre-school and for such a worthwhile cause by attending this evening. If you are unable to come along to the night but want to see details of Harvey’s Appeal in full and/or donate directly to his appeal please access his website via www.bmycharity.com/HarveyHextAppeal or through Facebook.

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