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Armstrong Ward raises funds for Helme Chase Maternity Unit

Armstrong Ward celebrates 10 years in Kendal with £200

Kendal-based independent retailer, Armstrong Ward, held their traditional Christmas charity event last week and raised more than £200 for Helme Chase Maternity Unit, part of the Westmorland General Hospital.

The festive shopping event saw shoppers giving generously and it is hoped that the money raised will fund a new heart monitor for the unit.

Christmas shopping aside, visitors enjoyed mulled cider from Cowmire Hall, mince pies made by Staff of Life and a luxury raffle, with an Emma Bridgewater teapot, NEOM candle, Le Toy Van Dolls House and one of Armstrong Ward’s famous reindeer heads amongst the prizes up for grabs.

Armstrong Ward is renowned for raising funds for Helme Chase each Christmas, but this year also ties in with their tenth anniversary. Having just won Retailer of the Year at last month’s CN Group Business Awards, the event rounds off a very special year, as owner, Jacqueline Ward explains: ‘We are delighted to have raised this money for such a worthy local organisation,’ she said.

‘Our customers gave very generously and everybody got into the spirit of the occasion. It’s been an excellent year for us and it’s also the tenth anniversary of Armstrong Ward in Kendal. That made the evening all the more special. As a token of thanks to all our loyal customers, we have decided to grant one lucky customer a wish list to the value of £200. The competition ends on 5 December, with the winner picked from a hat.’

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