White Rabbit

Over 2,000 people turned out to celebrate 150 years of Alice in Wonderland at a charity fundraiser in aid of Noah's Ark Children's Hospice. The Easter event raised over £10,000 for the hospice.

Alice in Wonderland, the Mad Hatter and White Rabbit welcomed and entertained children and families at Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice Easter event last weekend. Among those attending was a group of 30 brothers and sisters supported by the charity.

Noah’s Ark provides care and support for seriously ill children and their families living in North London. Its inclusive community and home support services enable seriously ill children to live full lives and achieve their aspirations.

For two days Capel Manor Gardens, Enfield was transformed in to a magical wonderland with playing card signage and Alice in Wonderland activities, creating an Alice in Wonderland world to the delight of many children.

The ‘White Rabbit’s’ nonsensical activities included a pop-up cinema screening Disney’s original Alice in Wonderland; a Mad Hatter’s tea cup ride; Cat’s coconut shy and Caterpillar’s hook-a-duck.

The much anticipated Easter egg hunt involved searching for clues around the garden with the prize of a chocolate Easter egg. There was the opportunity to get creative and decorate bunny ears with glitters, stars, paints and jewels. There were also yummy biscuits to decorate and eat!

Helping to provide memories of the day was Venture Photography (Palmers Green) with their Easter-themed pop-up studio.

Noah’s Ark Events Manager, Gina McLaughlin said: “We had lots of Alice in Wonderland themed activities running throughout the day as well as our traditional Easter egg hunt. We can’t thank everyone enough for coming along and joining in the fun. I’d like to say a special thank you also to all the stall holders and volunteers who helped make this event such a success. We rely on fundraising for almost all of our income, so money raised at events like this is essential as it allows us to plan and budget on-going support to families with a seriously ill child. Currently our Care teams are working with 162 families in the North London area. This money will enable us to continue to provide vital services that can make a real difference to their lives.”

Speaking after the event one sibling said: “So today we’ve been go-karting, found the centre of the maze, had ice cream AND candyfloss, and so many other stuff, and now we’ve got our Easter egg hunt prizes. We’ve gone on lots of journeys and had lots of adventures today.”

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