School to host Christmas fair for Marines charityBy Laura Nightingale
December 14, 2012
A JUNIOR school in Yateley is to be turned into a winter wonderland this weekend in a bid to raise money for a charity set up following the death of a Royal Marine.
Yateley man and Royal Marine Commando Adam Brown, 25, was killed while serving in Afghanistan in August 2010.
One of Adam’s dreams was to own a beach hut at Mudeford in Dorset where he spent many a childhood holiday with his family.
His widow, Amy Tardelli-Brown, started a fundraising campaign to purchase a beach hut, not only to fulfil his dream, but to support other Marines and families in need of a quiet place to relax and reflect.
Last year a winter wonderland was held on Yateley Green to raise money for Adam’s Hoofing Hunt.
This year, in favour of a warmer venue, Westfields Junior School will host the annual event with an ice rink and bouncy castle in the school playground and shopping stalls inside the school hall.
Mrs Tardelli-Brown said: “Last year's event was freezing because we held it outside, so Westfields has kindly let us use their building for the event.
“Inside the school will be Christmas stalls, a Santa’s grotto and food stalls. We hope to raise money for the charity and hope it will be a success.”
The charity has now become affiliated with the Royal Marines’ Association, which is helping reach its latest £160,000 target.
The festive event on Saturday (December 15) will take place from noon until 5pm.