It was smiles all round in January as the New Forest Mummers handed over their fundraising efforts to the Honeypot Children’s Charity following their exploits over the Christmas Period.
The Mummers performed the East Boldre mummers’ play 45 times in 40 different pubs, hotels and restaurants across the New Forest raising over £2200 in the process.
New Forest Mummer Keith Petty explains:
Mummers’ plays have been part of folk tradition since medieval times. Our script was first written down back in 1924 but its origins go back 100s of years.
The New Forest Mummers have been keeping this ancient tradition alive in the New Forest every Christmas for the past 52 years always collecting money for different charities in the area.
This time they were raising money for the Honeypot Children’s Charity which has a base in the New Forest near Exbury. The charity offers fantastic support and respite breaks for young carers aged from 5 to 12 many of whom would otherwise have nowhere to turn.
Viv Carter, Community Fundraising Officer from Honeypot commented:
We are so grateful to the New Forest Mummers for choosing to support Honeypot this year and to all those who enjoyed their performances and so generously donated to raise an amazing £2200. This is enough to fund a whole year of support for 4 of the 1000 young carers that come to Honeypot House every year to take a break from caring for someone they love. We give them the chance to be children, have fun with friends who understand their home life and give them something to look forward to. Thank you New Forest Mummers for helping us do this.
The Mummers are always looking for new people to join them to help raise money each Christmas.
It’s such great fun says Keith. We get a wonderful reaction from all the patrons at the establishments we visit and it’s nice to know that we are keeping a Forest tradition alive and raising money for worthy causes at the same time.
Photo: New Forest Mummers Cheque Presentation to Honeypot Children’s Charity