A LUNCH to support a fostering charity has been held at Combermere Abbey.

The event was part of the Crossley family centenary celebrations, as the estate has been in owner Sarah Callander Beckett’s family for 100 years.

The lunch included a talk by special guest, interior designer Nina Campbell, and an auction conducted by Whitchurch auctioneer Christina Trevanion.

Proceeds from the lunch went to support Combermere’s chosen charity of the year, Together Trust, who provide special education, residential services, fostering, family support and community services to young people and adults throughout the North West.

The charity was founded by Sir William Crossley, Sarah’s great great grandfather in 1880.

Julie Isted, governance director at the Together Trust said, “We are thrilled that Sarah and her staff have raised over £6,000.

"This is an outstanding testament to the hard work and creativity everyone at Combermere Abbey has put into fundraising for the trust this year.

"The money raised will directly benefit some of the most vulnerable people in Cheshire and Greater Manchester.

"We’d like to particularly thank the organising committee, guests and donors who supported the Nina Campbell luncheon and everyone who has supported the garden open days and raffle – they all played a significant part in helping Combermere reach this amazing target.”