Discovery Park helped to bring Christmas to Sandwich this weekend, raising awareness of a special charity in the most festive way with the unveiling of a very special tree.

The King Street Party saw a packed day of festive events including Santa’s Grotto, live music from the Rock Choir and Justin and the Argonauts, festive food and drink  – plus snow was guaranteed.  This was the third year Discovery Park has sponsored the event.

St Peter’s Church was the focus for the launch of a fundraising appeal for the National Autistic Society UK – again supported by Discovery Park – with Christmas stars, acorns and rainbows hung on a specially decorated tree.

The Christmas decorations, representing all five senses – sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch – were handcrafted by students at Great Oaks Small School in Minster, Kent, which specialises in supporting a wide range of abilities. The acorn decorations symbolised how great oaks are created from small acorns. Coloured stars handmade by the school, and lights were donated by Sandwich Events Association, decorated the railings around St Peter’s Church making for a colourful spectacle.

Sandwich carnival queen, Alice Watson, who is on the autistic spectrum, was the Snow Queen on the day, supporting  The Star*t Being Aware Campaign. Children’s faces lit up as Alice walked around Kings Street and talked with all those who wanted to meet a real snow queen.

Kimberley Anderson, Discovery Park’s corporate relations manager, said: “This is one of the many great events in Sandwich and it’s a pleasure for Discovery Park to be able to join in and support again.

“This year’s event has been made even more special with our support of the Star*t To Be Aware campaign, which has been inspired by Sandwich carnival queen Alice Watson.

“Alice attends Great Oaks Small School, and is a great and inspiring example of how being on the autism spectrum doesn’t stop you achieving your dreams in life.

Seeing everyone having so much festive fun at the party is lovely. Santa even climbed out of St Peters Church! Thanks to a wonderful light show. A magical day. Thank you to all who make this event happen.”