Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Raises Money For Hospice

Entries in the hat competition

The excitement surrounding the Olympic games’ opening ceremony this weekend inspired islands’ hat makers who entered the first ever Mad Hatter’s Tea Party on Saturday afternoon.

Organisers had expected mainly youngsters to embrace the challenge but in the end, only three children submitted entries compared to eight adults.

PC Marc Blyth, who this week comes to the end of his time on the islands, judged the competition. Tom Scott says Mary Leather’s creative work covered in Olympic rings was a worthy winner. There were also hats featuring Olympic torches.

All three youngsters who entered were given inflatable flamingos as prizes.

Organisers estimate that more than 200 people attended and £507 was raised for the St Julia’s Hospice in Hayle. They helped care for Lesley Hopkins, who sadly passed away recently.

The event was arranged by her work colleagues in her memory and was inspired by her love of hats.

Tom says the event took a lot of planning but was worth it for the amount raised and he’ll be talking with his colleagues to see how they feel about making it an annual occasion.
Photos courtesy of Tom Scott