Deepdale Christmas Market boosts local church
Homeless charities and the local parish church were among the beneficiaries of the tenth annual Deepdale Christmas Market, which raised over £10,000 in total.
Eleven charities were supported with various activities at the event last weekend which took place at Dalegate Market in Burnham Deepdale.
St Mary’s Church Building Fund raised funds with their Christmas stall and café in the church, right, and volunteers in the church’s Wandering Santa greeted visitors in the Orchard Tent.
The Crew of Deepdale Backpackers & Camping ran a charity café in the kitchen of the backpackers hostel, raising funds for St Martin’s Housing Trust and The Peoples’ Picnic, both helping homeless people in the local area.
Brancaster School and the Parents Association ran a tombola in St Mary’s Church on Saturday and Sunday. Their fundraising will benefit all the children attending the local school.
Wells Community Hospital ran a tombola in St Mary’s Church on Friday, helping raise funds to supply local health care services.
Norfolk Wildlife Trust had a stand talking to visitors about their reserves and selling membership.
Three charities helped with the car parking in return for donations from car owners, the Benjamin Foundation (with help from West Norfolk Mind), the RNLI and Lions International (Hunstanton).
“We felt that supporting organisations that help the homeless was the right thing to do, particularly at Christmas time. The Deepdale Backpackers & Camping crew all love to bake, and a charity café based around the music in the courtyard works wonderfully. We hope to have a long-term relationship with both St Martin’s Housing and The Peoples’ Picnic” said organiser Chris Haycock.
Over 100 filled socks were donated by visitors for The Peoples’ Picnic, who will be gifting them to homeless people in Norwich over Christmas. They are being collected in various places around the County, including BrewDog in Norwich or Tesco in Aylsham.
On top of all that charity fundraising, Dalegate Market and the rest of Burnham Deepdale celebrated Small Business Saturday by hosting over 130 local artisans and producers across the weekend. Tens of thousands of visitors enjoyed their Christmas shopping, and were entertained by local musicians and bands who played throughout the weekend. "Not bad for a village with less than 30 permanent residents" remarked Chris.
Dalegate Market will be doing it all again in 2019 at the Deepdale Spring Market (Friday March 29 to Sunday 31) and Deepdale Christmas Market (Friday November 29 to Sunday December 1).
All the details can be found online at www.dalegatemarket.co.uk and www.deepdalechristmasmarket.co.uk
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