Fundraisers set out stalls at Heacham

Organiser, Geraldine Roseblade, and Edd (Edd) Hammond of Heacham's Moulam and Horn, pet feed and garden supplies, one of the stalls at the first Farmers' Market in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support MLNF15PB05777 ANL-151105-103058001

Organiser, Geraldine Roseblade, and Edd (Edd) Hammond of Heacham's Moulam and Horn, pet feed and garden supplies, one of the stalls at the first Farmers' Market in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support MLNF15PB05777 ANL-151105-103058001

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A West Norfolk holiday park is hoping to smash its fundraising target for Macmillan Cancer Support with the launch of a new charity farmers’ market.

Palm Beach Holiday Park in Heacham held its debut Farmers’ Market and Food Fair on Saturday to kick-start its bid to raise £5,000 for the cause this summer season.

Last year, the park in Jubilee Road, North Beach, raised just under £3,200 for the charity through its annual coffee morning and craft fair event in August.

But park manager Geraldine Roseblade said staff are hoping they’ll be able to raise even more this year.

“We were delighted with how much we raised last year but this year we’re hoping to go one better,” she said.

“We’re aiming to raise £5,000 this year which would pay for a specialist Macmillan nurse for a whole month.”

To help the park reach its goal, it will be holding a fundraising farmers’ market and food fair on the second Saturday of every month.

They will be held throughout the season to October 10, with the exception of August when it will once again hold its coffee morning and craft fair event on Saturday, August 22.

The first Farmers’ Market and Food Fair on Saturday saw a number of stalls selling all manner of goodies, with everything being locally produced or based.

There were stalls selling meat, fish, bakery breads and cakes, and animal, garden and horticultural supplies.

Visitors also enjoyed homemade chocolates and sweets, jams, preserves and pickles, sweet and savoury pies, plants, gifts, cosmetics and much more.

The fairs are free to attend, with money being raised for Macmillan through stallholders donating a proportion of their proceeds.

“We hope we will be able to raise a couple of hundred pounds at each one we do,” said Mrs Roseblade.

“We’re hoping they will be a real success. Not only will they be good for us and go towards helping local cancer patients, but they will be good for Heacham too as the village doesn’t have a farmers’ market.”

For more information about future fairs, including holding a stall, contact Palm Beach on 01485 570565 or email: palmbeachpark@bitinternet.com