Heacham craft fair and auction raises thousands for Macmillan

Palm Beach craft fair and auction'From left - Macmillan Cancer Trust stall holders Beryl Wright and Rosie Crisp tempt park sales executive, Nigel Buckley, and park manager, Geraldine Roseblade with a tasty home-made cake ANL-150825-111242001
Palm Beach craft fair and auction'From left - Macmillan Cancer Trust stall holders Beryl Wright and Rosie Crisp tempt park sales executive, Nigel Buckley, and park manager, Geraldine Roseblade with a tasty home-made cake ANL-150825-111242001
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Officials behind a charity craft fair and auction at a West Norfolk holiday complex are hoping to have raised £5,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

More than 80 items went under the hammer during the sale, which was held at the Palm Beach caravan park in Heacham on Saturday.

Palm Beach craft fair and auction'Carolyn Buss with a tawny owl and Mark Weston with a barn owl at the Fritton Owl Sanctuary stall ANL-150825-111253001

Palm Beach craft fair and auction'Carolyn Buss with a tawny owl and Mark Weston with a barn owl at the Fritton Owl Sanctuary stall ANL-150825-111253001

The event developed out of a Macmillan coffee morning organised last year by the park’s manager, Geraldine Roseblade, which itself raised more than £3,000.

She said: “People asked if they could also bring craft stalls to the morning.”

This year the event became a full-blown fair, with more than 30 stall holders taking part.

Items including jewellery, clothes, books, plants, toys, fruit and vegetables and handbags were available to supporters.

And those with a sweet tooth were presented with scores of eye-popping home-made confections on Macmillan’s own cake stall.

She added: “People on the park donated bric-a-brac items, cakes and items for the auction.”

Lots in the auction included grandstand and paddock tickets for Newmarket racecourse, a signed Manchester United football, a week’s mobile home hire and a flat screen television.

The day also featured a dog show and a display by the Lynn Sea Cadets, while a stand of hand-reared and rescued owls from the Fritton Owl Sanctuary attracted interest, as did the Retired Greyhound Trust.

However, the number of participants in a three kilometre fun run was lower than expected.