Hat’s the way to do it!

Deirdre Jablonska who is helping organise Maggie's Fife's 6th birthday Mad Hatter's tea party
Deirdre Jablonska who is helping organise Maggie's Fife's 6th birthday Mad Hatter's tea party

OUR Maggie’s Centre will celebrate its sixth birthday with a Mad Hatter’s tea party!

Glenrothes woman Deirdre Jablonska and her friends will transform the Kirkcaldy centre into a storybook fantasy land on Saturday, November 3 - and you are all invited!

You can even wear a hat to get into the spirit of the event.

Deirdre staged her own Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in April after reading a magazine appeal for Maggie’s. The event raised £1800, and now her group is bringing its props - complete with artwork designed by students from Adam Smith College - to recreate the event at Maggie’s Fife next month.

As well as tea and lots of home made cakes, there will be a raffle and a Mad Hatter’s Tombola, and they hope visitors will design and wear their own ‘mad hat’ with a prize for the best one on the day.

Staff and volunteers from our centre are also asking Fifers to help sponsor their birthday to generate even more funds..


Deirdre (pictured, bottom left) said: “We are delighted to be helping to organise Maggie’s birthday party and hope as many people as possible come and join in and enjoy the event.

‘‘We are expecting the Queen of Hearts, the Mad Hatter and the Dormouse to make an appearance on the day.”

James Forsyth, fundraising organiser, said: “This year we have seen a 20 per cent increase in the number of people using the centre compared to last year, which means we are helping even more people affected by cancer in Fife.

‘‘On average we are receiving between 30 and 40 visits per day.


‘‘We rely on the generosity of the people of Fife to keep their centre open and they have been fantastic in supporting us.

‘‘We would like to invite them to come and celebrate with us at our Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.”

Last year’s fifth birthday saw the launch of the High-5 campaign with the Fife Free Press, plus a dinner and netted around £25,000.

As part of the celebrations, Kingdom FM also changed its name to Maggie’s FM for five days to help raise funds for the centre which covers the whole of Fife.