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Online Christmas Fayre brings much-needed festive cheer

An online Christmas fair is bringing some much-needed festive cheer - and helping raise cash for one of Cumbria’s best-loved charities.

Carlisle-based Eden Valley Hospice is benefitting from the online marketplace, bringing together nearly 100 local businesses.

The Virtual Christmas Fayre is the idea of Steph Fugler, who said she got some inspiration after a friend invited her to a similar online fair.

She added: “I came up with the idea to create a group myself to raise funds for a charity dear to me, Eden Valley Hospice.

“People are invited to the group and can browse the Fayre from the comfort of their home, then arrange for delivery, postage or safe socially-distanced collection directly with the stallholder.

“I thought it was a good way to raise vital finds for the hospice during these challenging times.
“It also encourages people to shop locally and helps local businesses.”

So far more than £1,300 has been raised.

Steph added: “Each stallholder donates £10 and can create posts with descriptions, photos, videos and links to advertise what they have to offer.”

This weekend in particular some stallholders are showcasing a particular item – and if they sell one they donate a percentage of the sale to the hospice.

Andrew Maddison, Marketing Manager at Eden Valley Hospice, said: “Steph’s dedication and commitment to the hospice and the Virtual Christmas Fayre has been amazing.

“At a time when local support means more to us than ever, her fundraising efforts have made a real difference to those who need to access specialised, compassion care.”

Coronavirus has had a devastating impact across the county, with no area left untouched.

As a specialist healthcare provider, Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw have treated local people with the virus, ensuring every family receives end of life care filled with compassion and dignity.

At a time when fundraising activities have stopped and our charity shops are beginning to re-open, the hospice is in the unfortunate situation whereby the need for specialist, compassionate care is increasing but charitable income has taken a drastic downturn.

At a time when the hospice is still in great need of funding to secure the future of the hospice, your support will help our vital care today, tomorrow and for many years to come.

To find out more about the Virtual Christmas Fayre and to join the Facebook Group, please click here. Or click here to make a donation.