Despite the showery weather all weekend crowds turned out in their thousands to attend Kirkby Lonsdale’s annual celebratory Christmas Fair.
As in past years, we ran a cafe to raise funds for CRMI Children of Hope at the Methodist Church serving home made soup, bread and cakes and saw customers from previous years returning. We were very fortunate this year that the new shuttle bus bringing people into town from the car park dropped its passengers at the door of the church where one of our team was on hand to invite people to come and enjoy the hospitality inside. We were also selling Charity cards, calendars, coffee, Pauline’s chutney and jam and a range of gifts and crafts made by our team of supporters in the local area.
For the first time this year we also took the step of faith of having a Chalet in the town’s busy Market Square. Here we sold Ugandan crafts, cards, calendars, coffee and unique pictures taken by Tony Disberry on our Medical Mission in January 2018.
We were busy throughout the weekend, and particularly on Sunday, and raised not just money, but also awareness of the work of the charity and we had several good conversations.
In what was a very busy weekend, Katie Hodgson, who is coming to Uganda with us in February, also ran a very successful stall at the Christmas Fair at Allithwaite Primary School on the Friday evening; the amazing total of over £2,000 was raised over the weekend for our work in Uganda.
Thanks to the many people who baked, cooked, served, washed, chatted and made crafts – it was a great team effort!
Below for a video of some great drumming next to our Chalet- it made the whole structure shake!