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Don’t panic! Hospital charity gift fair will solve your Christmas headaches

06 November 2014


Started Christmas shopping yet? Don’t despair, you’ll find a whole host of unique presents when Southend Hospital stages its popular annual craft and gift fair later this month at The Mill in Rayleigh.

There'll be handicrafts, jewellery, cards and toys galore, giving you loads of original gift ideas to have you ticking names off your list, and there'll also be Santa in his grotto.

Local pottery painting experts, The Clay Cottage, will also be on hand offering shoppers the chance to personalise purchased gifts. Christmas shopping always works up an appetite so plenty of refreshments have been laid on, as well as a raffle.

The fair runs from 10.30am to 4.00pm at The Mill, Bellingham Lane, Rayleigh on Sunday 16 November and entry costs £1.50 for adults (under-16s free) and there is also free parking at the venue. All proceeds from entry on the day will benefit the Southend Hospital Charitable Foundation's Keyhole Cancer Appeal.

Elise Fleetwood, event manager at the hospital, said: "The annual craft fair is always extremely popular in the run-up to Christmas and we are sure this year's will be no exception. It will be great to see the fantastic handmade gifts produced by some highly talented local crafts people, which will make perfect gifts and stocking fillers.

"We are hugely thankful to event organiser and charity trustee, Malachy O'Sullivan, for his on-going commitment to this event and also local supporter, Colin Patient, our fabulous new grotto recruit.  We are hoping for a bumper turn-out and welcome all."