In April 2004, a group of local ladies decided to form a group with the aim of raising money for local charities and good causes. They chose the name ‘SERO’. It’s a Latin word, and one of its meanings is ’to join together’, reflecting their work to support Dorset children and their families.
“Our chosen charity has always been Julia’s House, the Dorset Children’s Hospice, to which we have donated over £100,000.” explained Kate Partridge, one of the founder members of the group “Events have ranged from our ‘famous’ Christmas fair at The Exchange, posh dinners for ladies (and partners) that lunch, music and drama at Hinton St Mary and running a cafe and soft drinks stall at the cheese festival.” The aim of Julia’s House is to maximise and enrich the quality of life for Dorset children and young people who are unlikely to live beyond the age of 18. They provide support from diagnosis to death – and beyond – for the whole family, offering end of life care in the hospice building or in the family home.
Kate continued “Over the last couple of years of course we have not been able to pursue our usual fundraising activities, but in 2022 we are involved in various events and we hope your readers can come along and support us.”
• On Saturday 9 July we will be hosting several stalls at Child Okeford’s Hey Day. They will be full of our usual goodies and gifts plus a few surprises. Make sure you visit us between 12-5! There will of course be much more going on at Hey Day, a traditional village fete and a great day out for all the family.
• Child Okeford Art Trail on the Bank Holiday weekend (Friday 26th August to Monday 29th August, 11-4). A variety of artists will be exhibiting in their homes, the community centre and the village hall. Free admission. Art trail leaflets will be available in local shops. SERO will be providing refreshments during the event, including light lunches, at the village hall (DT11 8EX).
• Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival, 10th and 11th September. SERO will be running the tea tent at the ever popular Cheese Festival. Home-made cakes, fresh sandwiches, scones etc. All at reasonable prices for all the family.
If you would like to get involved and help at our events, or even just donate a cake, please do get in touch with Kate Partridge (email@example.com or 07725245066) or Julie Little (firstname.lastname@example.org or 07749 486733) serocharity.org.uk