Supper raises £1,000 for centre

By Surrey and Hants News in Charity

Scotland came to Alton’s Bushy Leaze Children and Families Centre when the organisers of the Alton Burns Supper joined the Friends of Bushy Leaze to present a cheque for £1,000 raised by the event.

Guests at the supper - marking the birthday of Scotland’s most famous poet, Robert Burns - enjoyed a menu including haggis and other traditional Scottish fare, prepared and served by volunteer parents and friends in outfits made for the occasion.

Luath Grant Ferguson, a supper committee member and the centre’s first headteacher, said: “It has always been a feature of the families benefitting from Bushy Leaze to do their bit and never take the community’s support for granted.

“The supper has grown and become part of the Alton calendar over many years, but working with a group of parents so obviously determined to contribute with ideas and physical effort has been a huge pleasure and privilege.”

Bushy Leaze has developed an extensive outreach network, serving hundreds of local families and supporting parents and children from an early stage. This early intervention, seen by staff at Bushy Leaze as crucial to its performance, now has to be funded by the community and other sources. It was previously paid for by Hampshire County Council.

Current head Patti Snook thanked the Friends of Bushy Leaze and the Alton Burns Supper committee for “creating a wonderful meal and entertainment, and for raising much-needed cash for essential early years activities”.

She said: “These are difficult times. It is deeply reassuring to know that the community as a whole understands and supports what we do at Bushy Leaze.”

To organise an event in aid of the new Bushy Leaze Community Support Fund, call 01420 87675 or email