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DIY SOS Billy Byrne opens Apple Day!

DIY SOS Billy Byrne opens Apple Day!

Under glorious October skies (which felt like summer!), St Elizabeth's hosted their annual Apple Day here at the Centre. However, this year we had a little help from a friendly, famous face.

BBC One DIY SOS star Billy Byrne officially opened our Orchard to the crowds, and stopped for photos with lots of families and friends of St Elizabeth's. Once he declared the Orchard 'open', guests were invited to come and pick the apples and either donate them back to us for juicing, or purchase for themselves to make lots of yummy apple related goodies. A total of 1,581 apples were picked, with over 387 litres of juice being pressed by our kind friends at Apple Cottage Cider. Over 375kg of apples were purchased, making St Elizabeth's £562.75 on apple sales alone.

The day started with a visit from BBC Three Counties, choosing St Elizabeth's as one of their secret locations on their weekly treasure chest show, inviting viewers to give clues in order to get the hosts to the location. I'm pleased to say they reached us in plenty of time!

The day also hosted lots of craft stalls both external and internal, featuring our own Drawing Room and Ashvale stalls. Refreshments were a total sell out, thanks to the gorgeous weather and high temperatures!

In total the event raised St Elizabeth's over £2,000, which will go a long way in providing individualised care and support to all those who access our services. 

See you next year!

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