Charity gets festive boost

Basics Plus Christmas fair.'With some of the christmas gifts on sale at the basics Plus christmas fair are,from left,Linda Smith,Ruth Barker,Pippa Morgan,Mandy parkin and Sarah King.'Picture by Neil Silk  114815'29/11/11
Basics Plus Christmas fair.'With some of the christmas gifts on sale at the basics Plus christmas fair are,from left,Linda Smith,Ruth Barker,Pippa Morgan,Mandy parkin and Sarah King.'Picture by Neil Silk 114815'29/11/11

CHRISTMAS came early for a local charity which raised hundreds of pounds at its annual festive fair.

Craft stalls, tombola, hand-made gifts and food, plus some help from a thrifty schoolgirl, resulted in total funds of £891 for Basics Plus, which helps adults with learning disabilities by offering work opportunities.

Administrator Paul Barker said: “It went well, we had support from the general public, service users and carers. It was on a par with previous years and we’re grateful of the support.”

The total included a £185.80 cheque donation from pupil Katie Sephton who was challenged with a fundraising exercise.

Mr Barker added: “Every year St Martin’s School challenges Year 6 to raise money for a charity of its choice from a £5 start.

“Katie couldn’t wait for the grant so she borrowed it from her mum and made crafts to sell to friends and family.”