Hundreds of people flocked to an annual fair to raise cash for charity this weekend – the best turnout the event has ever seen.

The Christmas fair, which helps support child abuse charity the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, was held in Allum Hall, Allum Way, on Sunday.

Organiser Ann Goddard is still tallying up the amount raised, but thinks the figure could be more than £4,000.

The 79-year-old retired doctor, who has been raising money for the charity for almost 40 years, said: “It was simply splendid. Everyone was in good spirits and seeing everyone enjoy themselves was marvellous.

“I am amazed we were able to raise this much, when you try so hard to plan a charity event like this it is a relief when you see how well it has gone.

“I am shattered now but it was worth it. I am looking forward to planning next year’s events now.”

During the event, bric-a-brac stands and food stalls were held, and Hertsmere MP James Clappison also judged a children’s art competition.

The musical talents of Borehamwood Brass Band and jazz musician Jim Phillips also entertained visitors.

Grandmother-of-six Dr Goddard also added that the fair was only a success because of the “wonderfully helpful” donors, sponsors and volunteers.

She added: “I am so grateful to treasurer Jeannie Hindes and Jackie VanLoen who helped out with the catering.

“I would also like to thank the staff at Allum Hall, Jim McKeown and June Gilbert, the Rotary Club, Mayor of Hertsmere, Pat Strack and Borehamwood Mayor, Charles Kelly.”

NSPCC Borehamwood holds three events a year, including a ladies lunch, garden party and Christmas fair, and last year raised £10,000.