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Easter charity market raised almost £2,000
Monday, 16 April 2012
Nearly £2,000 was raised for local charities in the 24th Giant Easter Charity Market at Petersfield Festival Hall.
It drew crowds who escaped cool and cloudy weather to browse more than 70 stalls in the main hall, on the stage and in the Rose Room.
This family-run event raised £780 for the Portsmouth Hospitals Rocky Appeal, which is funding £3million worth of digital keyhole operating theatres at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham.
Two theatres are up and running and the third - the orthopaedic - opens later this year. This will be the first of its kind in the south and only the third in the country.
The market organisers - brothers Martin and Jeremy Holmes - were pleased they made a worthwhile amount for the appeal and that some other local charities also benefited.
These included the Petersfield Open Air Swimming Pool (£311), Cat Rescue (£163.50), The Petersfield Link for the Chernobyl Children Lifeline (£130) and the Petersfield Music Festival (£125).
New this year was the Anita Haynes Memorial Charitable Trust, supporting families in need with small grants for quick and practical help when a member has cancer or another chronic illness.
The Japan Society Southern Counties group raised funds for victims of last year’s earthquake.
Profit for the Rocky Appeal came from stall rents, a bumper raffle, takings from the giant book stall and the proceeds from the café.
Raffle prize winners included Jane Burstall, who won the Easter cake, and Mrs Mells of Herne Farm, Petersfield, who won the chocolate chick.
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