May Fair Swells Charity Coffers To Tune Of £3,900

24th May 2024

A charity which provides week-long residential summer breaks for disabled children has been boosted to the tune of £3,900.

The “amazing” sum was raised at the annual May fair at Highfield and Brookham School, with all of the proceeds going to Highreach Holidays.

The fair was run by the Friends of Brookham and featured an array of fun games for children, a ‘tattoo’ and hair-dying station, arts and crafts and a popular resale table, with once-loved items finding grateful new homes.

Pimm’s and strawberries also proved hugely popular on a sunny day.

Highreach Holidays is hosted at Highfield and Brookham and is committed to supporting local families. It runs for one week every August and the charity covers half of the cost of the residential holiday, making it one of few affordable residential respite holidays around.

The cost of these holidays is met by ongoing fundraising initiatives within the school community and a healthy group of volunteers, many of whom return year on year, including former pupils of Highfield and Brookham School.

Suzannah Cryer, Head of Highfield and Brookham, an independent nursery, pre-prep and prep school in Liphook, said: “Highreach is a charity that is incredibly dear to us and provides the most wonderful holiday experience for disabled children and offers a vital break for their carers.

“We raise funds throughout the year and rely on a bank of wonderful and dedicated volunteers to ensure that the cost to families is kept as low as possible. And it’s through the sterling efforts of the Friends of Brookham that events such as the fabulous May fair are able to generate the kind of amazing funds that they do. Their efforts really do make a difference.”

Highreach Holidays, which has been running since 2016 and was declared ‘outstanding’ by inspectors late in 2022, returns from August 2-10.