A charity fundraising evening in aid of multiple hospices saw actor and celebrity Christopher Timothy welcomed to Covers Timber and Builders Merchants' Chichester branch this month.

Mr Timothy was tasked with drawing the winners of the ‘Grand Raffle’ on 16 October, with proceeds from tickets sold across the company’s 13 branches throughout the campaign contributed to the final fundraising figure. This included a donation from Covers of more than £21,000.

The event continued Covers’ charity campaign, ‘Help for Hospices’, which raised a total of £27,000 for hospices across the south of England.

Best known for his roles as James Herriot in All Creatures Great and Small and Mac McGuire in the BBC soap opera Doctors, Mr Timothy announced the winners of the raffle including the main prize of a holiday to Greece or Turkey, donated by Nielson travel company, which went to Paul Cane from Aldershot in Hampshire.

Following the raffle draw, a cheque of £7,500, representing a proportion of the monies raised from the campaign, was presented by the chairman of Covers, Rupert Green, to the chief executive of St Wilfrid’s Hospice, Alison Moorey.

The remaining money will be shared among 10 other hospice charities in the South East including Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice in Arundel.

Mr Green said: “I am absolutely delighted to present St Wilfrid’s Hospice with our donation of £7,500. I hope it will be of great benefit to them and the people they help through their amazing work.

“Congratulations to all of our raffle winners and thank you to everyone who bought a ticket and helped to raise vital funds for these exceptional charities.”

Image: (l-r) Rupert Green, Christopher Timothy and Alison Moorey