The HUT Project garden party!

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  • Find out how an evening of champagne, canapés and cupcakes will go to help AIDS victims in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa…

    Make the most of the remaining summer evenings and support a good cause by joining members of the HUT Project, who are building and sleeping in a stick house in the gardens of Hampton Court Palace.

    Inspired by the traditional homes in Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa, the group hope to draw attention to the extreme poverty in a region where life expectancy is just 39 years old, and HIV continues to take a relentless toll.

    Working with The Friends of the Children of Southern Africa to support Ingwavuma Orphan Care, the HUT project is raising much-needed funds by hosting a stylish evening garden party in Hampton Court on Saturday 21st August.

    Champagne, home-made canapés and Hummingbird cupcakes will be served on the lawn in front of the Sir Christopher Wren’s baroque façade. The Palace will be closed to all other visitors, and Terry Gough, the Head Gardener will be leading exclusive tours round the grounds.

    Tickets cost £35 per person and if you want to sign up for what is sure to be a fabulous fundraising evening contact Gaynor Coppin at or 01628 850142.
    If you wish to make a donation please send a cheque made payable to ‘The Friends of the Children of Southern Africa’ to Chris Batterham, Vale Farm House, Hawridge Vale, Chesham, Bucks HP5 2UG or via the website. Check out for more info…


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