Shoppers flocked to Trinity Park Ipswich on Saturday 4th December for our very first Christmas Market raising over £24,000 for the charity!
Funds raised will enable the charity to provide complimentary therapy treatments to 960 clients, helping us to enable quality of life while living with cancer.
Showcasing over 90 small businesses from across the region, the market had an exciting variety of high-quality, unique gifts, decorations, crafts and festive foods to get guests in the Christmas spirit at Trinity Park in Ipswich (home of the Suffolk Show).
The venue lent itself to a large well-ventilated undercover barn space to protect buyers and sellers from the cold conditions while guests wrapped up warm against the Winter weather.
Alongside the shopping stands, there was a range of food and drink stalls, serving up alcoholic beverages including festive hot drinks and mulled wine. Santa was due to make an appearance but sadly Mrs Claus was taken ill – we wish her better soon. There were smiles all round with games including name the bear, tombola and raffle with the chance to win £250!
Karen Mitchell, Community Fundraiser for Helen Rollason Cancer Charity said: “We’ve been absolutely blown away by the amount of visitors that we’ve had at our Christmas Market – incredible for our first event!
We’ve already received some fantastic feedback about the quality and variety of products on sale and everyone’s been really impressed with the food and drink on offer.
We need to raise almost £900,000 a year to provide our services so this event has helped us achieve that considerably. It’s been wonderful to see so many people coming out to show their support. Thank you to all our fantastic volunteers involved in planning, setting up, clearing away, our stallholders and everyone who attended the event, spent money or donated to the charity.
Helen Rollason Cancer Charity is dedicated to supporting people whose lives are touched by cancer. Our Support Centres offer a range of complementary therapies to patients in an environment of peace and tranquillity, including counselling, reflexology, aromatherapy, manual lymphatic drainage and support groups.
We support men and women with all types of cancer at all stages – whether newly diagnosed or longer-term, throughout treatment and after treatment is completed. We rely on donations, fundraising and money raised through our charity shops to continue operating our Support Centres.”
And keeping with the Christmas spirit, Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Christmas cards are on sale now! Available in our charity shops, Support Centres and by purchasing online here with lots of festive designs to choose from there is something to suit all tastes, and at £3.95 for a pack of 10 they’re a bargain too!