A fun day celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Melton and Rutland branch of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children proved to be a roaring success.
Despite the rain and story weather hundreds of people attended the recent event which was held at the Covenant Life Centre on Nottingham Road, Melton.
Children enjoyed a wide range of free activities and games, with face painting proving particularly popular, and visitors were able to warm up with a free cup of tea and cake.
Mayor of Melton Jeanne Douglas declared the fun day open, praising the Melton group’s work over the last 25 years in caring for the most vulnerable members of society and helping grieving parents.
Branch spokeswoman Sandra Ford said: “We’ve always had great support from local people so we wanted to give the town a thank you celebration to mark our anniversary.
“There was a queue for the free face painting from the moment we opened until we closed at about 4pm. It was non stop. We could hardly believe the number of people who came in.
“We’d also like to thank the many local pubs and businesses which donated prizes so generously for our raffle, and a special mention must go to Tesco on Thorpe Road which supplied us with so many snacks and nibbles that we had a lot left over which we’re given to Melton Vineyard’s Storehouse food bank.”
After a brief pause in breath the group opened the centre doors again at 6.30pm for free nibbles and wine.
Founder of the Melton branch, Frances Levett, presented a £500 cheque to Matthew McCusker, personal assistant to the society’s national director, who had travelled from London to congratulate the branch on its milestone.
Everyone present then watched the film ‘The Drop Box’, the true story of a Korean pastor who rescues and cares for abandoned and disabled babies.
For more details about the Melton group and its work visit www.spucmeltonandrutland.co.uk