Strong response to refuge fundraiser

HELEN HARVEY
Last updated 05:00 02/12/2013

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There were dressed up teddies as well as boughs of holly decking the rooms at the biennial Deck the Rooms for Refuge fundraiser on Saturday.

And Plas Mawr, a James Chapman Taylor-designed house, celebrated its centenary in green and red Christmassy style, with hundreds of visitors crowding through the house.

Nine New Plymouth homes, including a church, were decorated for the fundraiser, by home owners, floral artists and interior designers.

It was the first time since the inaugural event, 12 years ago, that all 1000 tickets, at $25 each, had been sold, event organiser Lee Brumley said.

And she received numerous phone calls on Saturday morning from people still wanting tickets.

"We usually get 7 or 800. The response has been fabulous."

All money raised went to the women's refuge in Taranaki.

Plas Mawr owners Simon and June Mosley opened their home for the event eight years ago and decided to do so this year because it was the house's 100th birthday and they have just finished some renovations, with the help of New Plymouth District Council and the Historic Places Trust, Mr Mosley said.

Plas Mawr, which means the manor house, was built in the arts and crafts style in 1913 for former New Plymouth mayor Charles Burgess and his wife Anne.

It was decorated for the event by Viv Donoghue from Creative Curtains and Simply Blooming's Leisha Davies.

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