After a nail-biting uncertain run-up, the Terry Willey Christmas fundraiser which has been such a big part of the Island’s annual festive events calendar for over four decades, finally went ahead.

Right up until the eleventh hour, there had been fears that the 44th event might fall victim to pandemic restrictions – but after careful planning and with the co-operation of Anthony and Vivian Roberts, the lunch went ahead and marked another terrific success.

Over 60 people enjoyed the fun at Haseley Manor Barn, with excellent food provided by All About Catering.  Entertainment throughout the day was provided by, Kieron Cooney, Wight Notes Choir, Vectis Brass Band, JC and his Family Band, and Helena and Grant Mace, who all contributed to the lively, upbeat atmosphere.

 An auction of donated items raised over £1,500, bringing the overall sum raised to a grand total of £4,000, all of it for the benefit of Naomi House and Jacksplace.

Paul Morgan, Head of Fundraising at the Charity, attended the event and commented afterwards:  “Being part of Terry Willey’s magical annual charity Christmas lunch is something that we at Naomi House and Jacksplace really value and appreciate. Everyone has a great time with the knowledge that they are making a huge difference to the Charity.

“The safety measures put in place in order to ensure the guests’ safety was a testament to the general care and attention of Terry and his team to ensure that the event remained top quality in every way.”

He added that the concept of ‘dressing to impress’ was given a whole new meaning by guests who turned out in various styles of sparkly, customised PPE!