The Selsdon Park Hotel is tomorrow hosting a charity garden party to raise awareness and funds for those affected by AADC – Aromatic l-amino acid decarboxylase deficiency – a rare, genetic disease.
The event – held at what is now entitled the De Vere Selsdon Estate – marks the finale to AADC Awareness week, it runs from 2pm to 5pm and is free to attend.
It will feature a range of entertainment, local produce stalls and family fun activities.
AADC an inherited disorder that affects the way signals are passed between certain cells in the nervous system. It is a very rare disease that is known to affect just 130 families worldwide, and the garden party organisers hope that they can help in raising funds to carry out vital research in this highly specialised area.
Among the activities planned tomorrow is a guided walk with visitors given packets of Forget Me Not seeds to sprinkle around the stunning grounds, to create a lasting memorial to the children who have died from AADC. A giant wave, using the charity’s blue foam hands, will mark a touching wave goodbye to the four children that have lost their battle this year to the disease.
Among the other, fund-raising activities on offer is a Teddy bears’ picnic, where children can either bring along their own bear for a small donation, or join in the fun with a new, blue bear to take home for bigger contributions. All will be provided with a bag of goodies.
There’s also a fancy-dress competition, as well as story time with Winnie the Pooh and friends amid an enchanting backdrop.
Should the weather turn on the day, most activities will go ahead inside the grandeur of the hotel.
Lisa Flint, the founder of the AADC Research Trust, said, “The garden party allows the community to come together to support those affected by the disease and also enables attendees to celebrate the fabulous work we’re doing and the money we’re raising towards progressive research.”
Priority parking is available in the hotel’s car park at £5 per car (irrespective of the number of passengers), but a high attendance is hoped for and spaces are limited. Disabled parking for those displaying a Blue Badge is free.
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