Paul and Kerry Smith, of Feathers Fangs and Furries, spent the run up to Christmas entertaining Andover’s children with Special Festive Santa visits, raising money for different charitable causes. With over 20 Santa appearances and a good donation from Finkley Down Farm after Santa visits to the popular and busy local children’s farm, they were able to raise £500 for charity.
The charitable couple have raised enough to donate £100 to local man, Gary Turner, £200 to Andover BMX, who had their bikes stolen last year and £200 to the Mayoral Charitable Trust.
Paul told us, “It was a really busy Christmas, but all of the children really enjoyed a visit from Santa, and parents enjoyed an affordable visit from a dedicated festive Father Christmas. In addition to the paid visits, we were able to fit in charity appearances, some to Christmas parties but also a visit to a very special young lady with terminal cancer.”
Mayor of Test Valley, Cllr Jan Lovell, told Andover & Villages, “The Mayoral Charitable Fund is a valuable local fund that is used to help local charities to fundraise, put on events and generally raise their profiles.
“The committee and I are currently working with The Hawk Conservancy, Test Valley Community Services and the Romsey War Horse Project. However, we are always looking for other projects.”
The Hawk Conservancy hosted ‘Dream Night’ last year that saw 300 children with their carers and siblings, including children from Romsey and Andover Young Carers, Icknield School, Naomi House and local foster children. All enjoyed an amazing night amongst the stars and a variety of the Trust’s birds. The Mayor’s trust fund was able to contribute more than half to the cost of the night, giving over an amazing £800.
Giving The Mayor the final word, she said, “I am very grateful to Paul and Kerry for their donation. Without these kinds of donations, we would not be able to contribute to events like ‘Dream Night’ which are so important for our community.”