The Southburn Christmas Fayre was a roaring success yet again this year after it raised around £25,000 for Macmillan cancer support.
In its 22nd year, the fayre had 42 stalls, including 11 new, which helped contribute to its running total of around £400,000 since it first began. The day was attended by 1,220 people who sampled the stalls which included fashion, children’s toys and clothes, home interiors, food and drink, jewellery and general gifts.
The fayre was organised by the Southburn Christmas Fayre committee who, led by new chair-lady Anna Beckwith, were delighted with the out-come of the day.
“It took a lot of hard-work and almost a year’s planning to organise, as well as getting up at 6:30am on the day but it was all worth it in the end.
“We’re really pleased with the outcome again with all our proceeds going to such a great cause and I’m still getting people ringing and texting me to tell me there’s more money to come.
“I’d like to thank all our local sponsorship as well and Arco, who sent us 15 staff free of charge for the day; also Beverley College who sent catering students to help us in the café area which also provided an opportunity for them to gain some valuable experience.”
Macmillan cancer support was represented by several employee’s including fundraising manager for Hull and East Yorkshire, Becky Baynes, who attended the event for the second time and was suitably impressed with the job that the new committee had done.
“To say it was a new committee this year, they have done an absolutely amazing job,” she said.“The final total is absolutely brilliant having beaten last year’s total and we’re incredibly grateful for this. It’s a big part of our calendar every year.
“The money from this will be able to fund one of our nurses for about six months.“What a lot of people don’t know is that without events like this we wouldn’t be able to keep going as we rely almost entirely on donations.”
Becky was with colleagues on a stall selling Christmas cards amongst other items and there was also a Macmillan cake stall.
“We were the only card stall there on the day and we also sold Macmillan merchandise, too.“We raised just under £2,000 on the day just from this stall alone. Next year we’re hoping to promote it further and make it bigger and better still.”
A cutting of the ribbon by Miss Great Britain, Zara Holland, signalled the opening of this year’s fayre at 10am. She said;“Some of the committee members who run the fayre are actually customers of mine and my mum’s boutique in Beverley so we had heard about it and wanted to get involved.
“It’s my first time here and it’s all for a great cause as well as being an excuse for me to do a bit of Christmas shopping.”
There were several local businesses in attendance doing their bit to help raise money for Macmillan cancer support, as well as some from further afield. Anne Cherry, of North Frodingham, was invited down with her stall for Cherry’s Country Hardware, where she was selling children’s agricultural toys and clothing, alongside assistant Micky Thompson. She said, “It was our first time here after we got invited and thought it would be a great opportunity as we already have a stall at Driffield Show each year and it’s for a great cause.”