Lady Walpole supports Hospice Ethiopia

Mannington Hall to host charity day with craft stalls and live entertainment

Over 30 craft stalls, 20 charity stalls, live music, story-telling, dog shows, plate smashing, chef demonstrations and even a picnic butler! The Mannington Hall Charity Day has something for everyone and promises to be a tonic for anyone who has missed getting out for some serious fun over the last 18 months or so.

The event happens on Sunday September 5th, 11am – 5pm.  It’s being run by Norfolk-based charity Hospice Ethiopia, thanks to the generosity of Lady Walpole, who has offered to host it in the grounds of her magnificent Mannington Hall in North Norfolk.

While the craft stalls and the chef demonstrations will be big pulls for adults, children will be entertained by the family events and child-friendly stalls.  The inimitable Paul Jackson will be telling stories to delight and thrill all ages.  There’ll be face painting, family dog shows and dog agility events, and displays ranging from birds of prey to vintage tractors.

On the musical front, afficionados can expect both classical and popular live performances, including a string quartet and North Norfolk guitar legend Dave Morrison with his band.

The Hall’s café will provide teas, cakes and light meals.  There’s also the option to pre-order a picnic, for £12, which will be delivered by your personal picnic butler (contact to book up).  The café will be cash or cheque only, no cards.

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to put on such an exciting event,” says Sue Mumford, chair of Hospice Ethiopia UK.  “It should be a fun time for all, plus we hope to raise lots of much-needed funds for Hospice Ethiopia and several other charities.”

One of the more unusual entertainments will see children getting the chance to experience Ethiopian-related crafts and activities.  “An important part of our outreach programme is to educate people about Ethiopia – the Ethiopian craft lessons will be different and exciting.”

As well as looking after hundreds of critically ill patients in Addis Ababa, Hospice Ethiopia is one of the leading medical educational centres in sub-Sahara Africa, training doctors and nurses in palliative care.  “Its work brings hope to thousands of desperate people who have no-one else to support them,” says Sue.  “Every penny we raise goes to the charity.”

Entrance to the Mannington Hall Charity Day is £6 for adults, with children under 16 free.

To find out more visit, or email

Tim Morgan, The Publicity Works – / 01263 761000

Sue Mumford, Hospice Ethiopia UK – / 01263 768699