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Royal Wedding celebration will raise funds for local charity

As Royal Wedding fever sweeps the country, staff at The Rose Gallery in Northampton are preparing to host a fundraising afternoon tea which is set to be the ‘go to’ event for those without an invite to St George’s Chapel.

Taking place on Friday 18 May between 1pm and 3pm, managers of The Rose Gallery, located inside the lifestyle store Bell of Northampton in Kingsthorpe, are inviting people to attend a fabulous afternoon of tea, cake and prosecco.

As well as enjoying the Royal Wedding Afternoon Tea, visitors to The Rose Gallery will have the opportunity to be some of the first to view new work by artists Tom Butler and Sherree Valentine Daines, a favourite of the Royal family. There will also be a silent auction, a raffle and those who purchase the first 30 tickets will receive a free goody bag including a Sam Toft boxed mug and cupcake.

Tickets cost £12 and all proceeds will be donated to The Lighthouse Centre, a nurse-led Northamptonshire charity that offers holistic therapies to people with long term conditions and cancers in their own home.

Gemma Dearsley of the Lighthouse Centre said: “We thought the idea of a Royal Wedding themed afternoon tea was fantastic as we all love a nice patriotic celebration. The money raised will be put to very good use as we are in the process of developing a bespoke bereavement service, led by our new volunteer Dr Emily Callan who is a Clinical Psychologist. Emily will be working to ensure that our patient’s families get all the support they need following the death of a loved one and this event will help enable her to get this service up and running.”

Deborah Davey from The Rose Gallery added: “We are really looking forward to the event and are so pleased that a number of local businesses have pledged promises for our silent auction and donated raffle prizes and a massive thanks goes to Debbie Tear of Dialect Telecom for coordinating that. We are delighted to have this opportunity to support the amazing work of the Lighthouse Centre.”

Graham Jackson, Managing Director of Bell of Northampton, said: “Deborah and Gemma have done a fabulous job of arranging this event and we are more than happy to play the role of joint host and supply the mini afternoon teas through the Bell of Northampton coffee shop. It should be great fun and all of the money is going to a very worthy cause.”

For more information and to book your ticket, visit Eventbrite. Tickets are also available via the gallery, The Lighthouse Centre or Debbie Tear at Dialect Telecom.