Christmas charity market offers more goodwill

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LATE night shoppers have the chance to support their favourite charities at an annual market in Bury St Edmunds.

More than 40 different local causes are expected to take part in the festive charity event in the Market Square on Thursday December 9.

The market, which is run by Bid4Bury, runs from 5pm to 8pm and car parking in the town will be free throughout the evening from 4pm.

Paul Haynes, Interim Chair of Bid4Bury, expects this year’s market to be as well supported as ever.

He said: “This is a big occasion for traders and charities alike and a chance for the people of Bury and further afield to support good causes that all help the local community.

“If the weather is chilly, there will be mulled wine to warm up shoppers and of course knowing that you are supporting some very deserving charities is heart-warming in itself.”

Charities taking part range from scouts’ and guides’ groups, local animal welfare organisations as well as regional causes such as the East Anglia Children’s Hospice and the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Also running a stall will be the Bury St Edmunds Citizens’ Advice Bureau.

Manager Jane Ballard added: “We have been attending the charity market for several years now and it’s something our volunteers very much enjoy. 

“It’s an important date in our calendar to make people aware that we are a charity and not funded by the Government.”

The Christmas charity market has been running in Bury for more than 20 years.

The best presented stalls will be judged by the Mayor with first, second and third places awarded.