Shopping fair raises £100,000 for cancer charities

Last year's charity shopping extravaganza
Last year's charity shopping extravaganza
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This year’s popular Whittlebury charity shopping extravaganza takes place on Wednesday and Thursday, September 25 and 26.

The Christmas shopping event, which now hosts 65 stalls selling everything from gifts, jewellery and accessories to shoes and coats, has grown year by year from humble beginnings 13 years ago, when a group of mums decided to hold a Macmillan coffee morning and invited a couple of new local business to sell their wares.

Today the fair takes place over two days, generously hosted by the Atrium, Whittlebury Park, by kind permission of Jeff and Carol Sargeant.

Every year about 800 people attend the event, which has raised more than £100,000 for cancer charities over the years.

This year, all the proceeds will go to Helen and Douglas House, Macmillian Cancer Support in Northants and Maggie’s, which is currently building a new cancer caring centre at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford.

As the fair is still organised by a group of volunteers, with monthly planning meetings taking place over a kitchen table, all the money raised goes to charity.

This year’s fair is from 5pm to 9pm on September 25 and from 9.30am to 3.30pm on September 26. Entry £5.