SUPPORTERS of The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust are in for a cracking night in with John Bishop, Jason Manford, Noddy Holder and John Thomson.

The charity had to cancel this year’s Christmas Ball, but came up with an idea to help it to not only raise vital funds but also to engage supporters who rely on this event to kickstart their festive season.

On Friday, December 11 CAFT will be hosting a virtual event – A Cracking Christmas Night in for CAFT.

Trust fundraiser Helen Crowther said: “We’ll be encouraging groups of friends, families and colleagues to gather together at home, where possible, or to link up via video sharing platforms such as Zoom, to take part in a virtual event like no other.

“We’re so excited some of our amazing patrons, John Bishop, Jason Manford, Noddy Holder and John Thomson, have agreed to provide exclusive entertainment for the night, and there’ll be loads of fun activities for our guests to be involved in throughout the event.

“It’s going to be an interactive event with a live host, music and lots of chances to win some great prizes.”

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Helen added: "Last year we collected a staggering 4,500 selection boxes, which were given to the children visiting CAFT for a party as well being distributed to schools, charities, foodbanks and individuals who we knew were in need of a special treat.

"We’ve added an extra option to this year’s appeal which we think will help people who aren’t able to shop, or who may feel uncomfortable with visiting a drop-off point or CAFT with their donation."

This year people will be able to make a donation by visiting and CAFT will do the selection box shopping for them.

CAFT is still accepting donations of actual selection boxes if people would like to drop by to CAFT with them. The selection box appeal runs until December 21.