Bubbly and canapés on offer as charity gift fair is previewed at Knepp Castle

John Goss and Frank Catlow serving bubbles at last year's event
John Goss and Frank Catlow serving bubbles at last year's event

Shoppers who want to support St Catherine’s Hospice are invited to an exclusive preview night ahead of the New Horizons Appeal Autumn Gift Fair.

Guests can take an early look at the 86 hand-selected stalls in a spacious marquee, taking the opportunity to find something different from the normal high street scene while helping a local cause - ten per cent of all takings go to the appeal.

Tickets include bubbles on arrival and an array of smoked salmon canapés. Thanks to Horsham Knight Frank estate agents, bubbles will be topped up for the first hour. Fine cheese platters and a wine bar are also available.

Background jazz, which has become a firm favourite with attendees, is courtesy of Tom Wickersham.

The preview will be held at Knepp Castle, Shipley, on Wednesday September 18.

Tickets (£10) are on sale from Paula (01293) 447367.

The fair itself is on Thursday September 19. Tickets (£5 at the gate) include a freshly brewed coffee and cupcake.

Visit www.stch.org.uk/newhorizons or New Horizons Appeal on Facebook.