Lunch date at Matfen Hall Hotel boosts funds for Josie's Dragonfly Trust

Josie’s Dragonfly Trust was set up by inspirational teenager Josie Madeline Grove shortly before she lost her own battle with leukaemia

Josie's Dragonfly Trust event at Matfen Hall
Josie's Dragonfly Trust event at Matfen Hall

Ladies that lunch got together to boost funds for a children’s cancer charity which is based in the North East.

Members of the Lunch Club at Matfen Hall Hotel, at Matfen in Northumberland, dined out to raise much-needed cash for Josie’s Dragonfly Trust.

They were joined by guest speaker Lady Blackett, who owns the luxury hotel.

She talked about the secret history of her husband’s ancestral home, over lunch prepared by chefs from the hotel’s renowned two AA rosettes Library Restaurant.

Josie’s Dragonfly Trust was set up seven years ago by inspirational teenager Josie Madeline Grove shortly before she lost her own battle with leukaemia in 2007.

Now in its seventh year, the Hexham-based charity helps hundreds of young cancer patients across the UK.

The hotel has chosen the trust as its charity for a two-year period.

It will also raise funds for the charity by selling Josie’s Dragonfly Trust badges and offers bookmarks in each guest bedroom, which can be kept in exchange for a donation.

Jane Dennison, director of fundraising for the charity, thanked the hotel for supporting the charity.

She said: “The lunch was a huge success and we are honoured that Lady Blackett was our guest speaker.

“It was wonderful to have such a detailed insight in to the history of Matfen Hall and everyone who attended thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon.

“We are delighted that Matfen Hall has chosen us as their charity for two years.”

The charity also has a shop, which is at Fore Street, in Hexham, Northumberland.

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