TWO events will help boost the coffers of St Luke's Hospice during the 25th anniversary funding campaign that is supported by the Observer.

Both take place on Saturday, July 9, with the proceeds pushing the charity towards the £250,000 goal this year that would help significantly expand its palliative care services for terminally-ill residents of Harrow and Brent.

Families are invited to attend the hospice's summer fête in the grounds of Kenton Grange in Kenton Road, Kenton, where they will find traditional fair activities such as tombola, bric-a-brac stalls, a raffle, food and games.

This will be followed in the evening with the first performances in a Summer Proms season in aid of the cause, which the Observer is supporting with our own Showing We Care campaign to generate £25,000 in reader donations towards the charity's larger target.

Opera Novella take to the stage to present a range of arias including pieces from Verdi's 'La Traviata', Puccini's 'La Bohéme', Bizet's 'Carmen', Mozart's 'The Magic Flute' and Rossini's 'The Barber of Seville', culminating in the popular 'Nessum Dorma' from Puccini's 'Turandot'.

The opera gala takes place between 7.30pm and 10.30pm at the Speech Room at Harrow School in High Street, Harrow on the Hill.

The fair is open between 11am and 2pm and entry costs £1 for adults and under-12s going free while tickets for the opera gala cost £15 or £12 concessions and can be purchased via or 020 8382 8023.