The highly popular Macmillan Christmas Shopping Fair, at Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester celebrated thirty years of fundraising last year. Over that time it is estimated that the Fair has raised nearly £300,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Committee Chairman Rose Joly commented “The Fair was originally started by Jilly Palmer, who was then Dorset County Chairman of Macmillan, and was held at Warmwell House. At that time there were only about three or four stalls with Committee Members trawling their address books for people to invite. However the Fair’s popularity meant that a more permanent venue had to be found and Kingston Maurward has proved to be the perfect location. It is easily accessible and enjoys excellent parking yet still provides the air of a Country Home with its beautifully proportioned rooms and character features.”
Chrissie Wathen-Neal, Macmillan Fundraising Manager for Dorset says; ‘The Macmillan Christmas Fair is now an established event in the county diary and is so well supported by the local community. As a charity we couldn’t do what we do without our wonderful volunteers and my thanks go to the committee members who organise the fair. 15 people a day will receive a cancer diagnosis in Dorset and the money that is raised at the event will help make a difference to those people living with cancer in Dorset”.
This year the fair is on 16 and 17 November – see their website at www.macmillanchristmasfair.co.uk