Ho Ho Hospiscare!

Sue Cade
Authored by Sue Cade
Posted Tuesday, December 8, 2020 - 11:46am

Rusty Pig in Ottery St Mary has teamed up with Hospiscare for a festive draw with an amazing top prize – which could turn into two!

The restaurant is supporting the charity after Covid-19 drastically affected fundraising events since March. Robin Rea of Rusty Pig, whose family have previously received support from Hospiscare, said:

“With all events and public-facing activities cancelled, I want to encourage everyone in the community to get behind the charity and help us raise lots of money for them.

“We’ve put together an amazing top prize for the Ho Ho Hospiscare draw with some fantastic community-donated runner-up vouchers worth from £15 to £30 for local shops and services.”

The overall winner will scoop a stay* at award-winning Mazzard Farm Cottages in Ottery St Mary with full use of all the eco-friendly facilities, including 17 acres of gorgeous woodland, fields, gardens and orchard, plus spa and pampering services, donated by owners Ruud Jansen Venneboer and Jacqueline Parke.

In addition, the top prize includes an evening at Rusty Pig, for the surprise tasting menu and complementary wine pairing at the chefs table, where you can discuss locality and seasonality with Robin. The final part of the prize is a luxury hamper filled with artisan produce provided by Emily Knight of Knights Farm Shop. Robin added: “For the winner, this is the ultimate chance to reunite with friends and family members after one of the worst years in living memory. And of course, there’s also the option of sharing this incredible getaway as the ultimate Christmas gift.”

The draw takes the form of a ballot; donating £10 to Hospiscare secures one entry, and there’s no limit to the number of times people can enter.

So far donations are at almost £800. If they reach £2,000, Mazzard Farm and Rusty Pig will donate a second top prize to equal the first, this time supplemented with an afternoon tea for four, at nearby Coldharbour Farm Shop.

Local fundraiser, Toni Hiscocks said: “This is a fantastic way to donate and be in with the chance of winning an extremely generous prize.

“It’s important that Hospiscare can continue to provide specialist care for people coping with a terminal illness, particularly in these difficult times. Hospiscare relies on the fundraising support of the local community and this is a perfect example of how that community rises to the challenge. Good luck everyone!”

Hospiscare is not part of the NHS or any national charity. This very local charity cares for over 750 patients at any one time across Exeter, Mid and East Devon.

The prize ballot will be drawn and the winner – or winners - and runners up revealed at Rusty Pig on December 20 at 8pm. For the chance to win make a donation via the Just Giving page, where full terms and conditions are available to view. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rustypig

* Four night midweek or three night weekend stay for up to four people, valid until the end of April 2021, excluding the Easter holidays. Vouchers and Runner up prizes must be collected in person from Rusty Pig.

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