Friends Organise Fundraising Tribute To Lesley Hopkins

Carn Thomas

Islanders are being asked to design, make and wear wacky hats.

It’s all part of an event to celebrate the life of Lifelong Learning Founder Lesley Hopkins and funds raised in her memory will go to the St Julia Hospice in Hayle, which helped look after her when she was unwell.

The most creative entries will be judged according to a series of categories from 2pm on Saturday July 28th.

Lesley’s colleagues are also arranged a bouncy castle and cake sales at the Carn Thomas site but they’re doing it in their own time.

Lesley’s friends and colleagues, Nicola Lawson and Tom Scott, said they wanted to do something a bit crazy because Lesley was so much fun and they felt the Mad Hatter’s Tea-Party theme would be a bit different.

Lesley was known for her headwear, which was often eccentric, including a ‘brolly hat’ that she used to wear when it was raining.

Trish Peacock says they’re looking for donations of good raffle prizes, and they’ve already had an attractive prize donated by Tresco Estate – a night at the New Inn. They’d also be grateful for any cakes that they could sell.

This event was initially planned as a one-off but if all goes well, it could become a more regular event says Nicola.