A LUXURY hotel has vowed to help a new neighbour with a year of fun and is inviting the community along to celebrate.

Nunsmere Hall Hotel has announced that The Joshua Tree will be its charity of the year and is marking the launch with a family fun day on September 1.

Stephanie Clowes, sales manager at the Oakmere venue, said: "We want to support local charities and it's nice to have one that's going to be our neighbour.

"I have a child myself and it impacts you a lot more when I think that it could be my daughter and I would want someone like The Joshua Tree there.

"It impacts so many people in so many different ways."

The Joshua Tree is fundraising to build a holiday home and support centre for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families to have free short breaks.

The charity has an office in Northwich town centre, where is has already started its support work, but is determined to raise enough for the build, which will be in Dalefords Lane, in Sandiway, not far from Nunsmere Hall Hotel.

The hotel has a ceramic collection box, designed and made by artist Jed Goode, at its reception desk and will include information leaflets and collection envelopes in the rooms.

It will also include an information slip about the charity with the chocolate boxes it provides to guests and has already started planning a glittering charity ball for September 2015.

Stephanie said: "We're in the position where we can have a nominated charity and have people coming through the door that can put money towards that charity."

Peter Smith, business development director at The Joshua Tree, said: "It's a beautiful venue and I think it will do wonders for us."

The fun day, which also coincides with the start of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, takes place from 11am to 3pm on September 1.

Activities include a climbing wall, face painting, barbecue, Cheshire Ice Cream, balloon modelling, animals from Stockley Farm and family photography from Helen Rae Photography.

Gemma Wilson, from the hotel's front desk, said: "It's quite a close community here to it's nice for Nunsmere to invite everyone to come and have a fun day out."