STAFF at a campsite and events centre are racing against time to reach a fundraising target before they close for winter.
The team at Hooton Lodge Farm near Kilnhurst picked the Aurora Wellbeing Centre at Mexborough, which gives pampering treatments to people with cancer, as their chosen good cause for this summer.
They are most of the way to their £10,000 target — but are making a final push for the line before the end of October.
Fundraisers so far have included weekly tombolas and regular raffles plus a hugely successful Yorkshire Day event which brought in £4,000 and kids’ parties featuring TV and film favourites from the likes of Spider-man, Batman and Peppa Pig.
And comedy, clairvoyance and coffee mornings are all on the programme over the coming weeks, as well as an appearance from a former X-Factor hopeful.
Co-manager Charlotte Johnson said: “Due to Covid, Aurora’s funding had been massively cut as they rely heavily on fund-raising and charging people for treatments, which they hadn't been able to do.
“Obviously I had heard of Aurora, and the work they do in supporting cancer patients, and thought it was a great idea.
“My partner Charlie’s mum had developed cancer several years ago and had also used the service so it was a charity that was close to our hearts.
“As it stands, we have raised just over £8,000 for the charity with just over one month to go until the bar area closes.
“The bar area is open to campers and the general public on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.
“At busy times, we will continue to go round with the collection buckets and football cards, and the Aurora ladies also have stalls in the marquee each weekend.
“We’d love to get to the finishing line by the time our season ends.”
The events list is as follows: Friday, September 24 — comedian and hypnotist Dave Rawson from 7.30pm. Tickets priced at £5.
Wednesday, September 29 — An evening of clairvoyance with Sharon Fenton. Doors open at 6.30pm, show starts at 7pm. Tickets £10.
Saturday, October 2 — Coffee morning in the marquee, from 11am.
Free entry, although Aurora are asking for donations of cakes, tombola and raffle prizes.
Saturday, October 2 — Music from the Zealots, featuring lead singer Lee England, as seen on The X-Factor from 7pm. Free entry.
Friday, October 8 — Pink tribute Stacey Squires, from 7.30pm. Free entry.
Saturday, October 9 — end of season closing party with various DJs. Free entry.
A bonus event, the Hooton’s Haunted Extravaganza, will be held from October 28 to 31, with the chance to pick your own pumpkins, as well as fairground rides, face painting, stalls, arts and crafts, music from At the Arcade, a Monster mash disco on the Saturday from 2pm and a children’s party from 1pm to 4pm on Hallowe’en.
Anyone wanting to book a stall should call
07817 939458 or email email@example.com.