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Christmas market raises thousands

Created on 21/12/2021 @ 12:28

Organisers of a popular festive market have donated £3,500 to the area’s main cancer charity.

The Christmas craft fair was held at Welshpool Livestock Sales earlier this month and over 2,000 people made the most of it after it was cancelled last year.

A raffle, auction and donations raised £2,844 on the day, and bosses of the Livestock Market rounded the total up to £3,500 for Lingen Davies Cancer Fund. 

Kim Barnett, from the market, said the venue hosted its first Christmas craft fair in 2019 and they felt the time was right to bring it back this year.

“It went really well, we had more than 2,000 people through the doors, it was great to bring new people into the market,” she said.

“We asked local businesses for raffle prize donations and had some fabulous gifts to make up hampers which we then raffled off. We also had some lots we auctioned off at the livestock market which included a full tool kit and security camera. 

“We chose Lingen Davies two years ago and raised £1,000 then, we wanted to support them again this year, and my Mum has been undergoing treatment at the Cancer Centre at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. Everyone locally goes to Shrewsbury for their treatment and most people now have associations with someone who has cancer.”

Lizzy Coleman, from Lingen Davies, said: “We would like to say a big thank-you to Kim and her colleagues at Welshpool Livestock Sales. It’s a wonderful amount of money to receive and the money will go towards funding a new CT Scanner here at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital which will enable more people to receive treatment on a daily basis.”

Lingen Davies Cancer Fund supports patients at the RSH as well as organising and funding community based projects to raise awareness about spotting the early signs of cancer.

For more information on how to get involved with the charity visit

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