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Christmas Fayre raises record figure

Father Christmas, a streetband and over 15 stalls were among attractions at our Christmas Fayre on Sunday which raised over £5,000.

Over 500 people supported the event, which was officially opened by the Mayor of Blackburn Cllr Alan Cottam. The band Blowjangles entertained the crowd with big band versions of pop tunes.

Over 50 volunteers manned stalls including a tombola, wood turning stall, games, gifts and toy stalls.

The total amount raised from the event was £5,383.15; the most ever raised at a hospice Christmas Fayre.

Hospice fundraiser Kimberley Hall said: “Our supporters turned up in their hundreds to grab some Christmas bargains and help us raise much needed funds to care for our patients. This year’s fayre has been the most successful ever and wouldn’t be possible without our volunteers and the incredible support we get from our community. The feedback we had from visitors has been so positive; they loved the band at the entrance and the children got to meet Father Christmas in his grotto too. The proceeds will really make a difference to patients and their families.”