Leigh Market has started their annual fundraising and this year, they’re collecting money for prostate cancer research.
Since May, market traders have raised more than £800 through book sales, tombolas, raffles and cake sales – with one even judged by local baker Richard Waterfield.
Kathryn Holt runs Café Central in the market. She kick-started the fundraising in 2010 and has worked with her fellow stall holders to raise money over the years.
She said: “We love doing our bit and coming up with new ideas on how to raise money.
“The book stall idea came from a customer who liked to bring surplus books to the market. He wasn’t doing anything with them so we started to sell them for 50p and soon the money started mounting.
“I’m really thankful to the other stalls in the market who have come together to make the fundraising successful. Leigh Market really is like a family and we do what we can to help each other. You don’t get that kind of relationship elsewhere.
“We also would like to thank the customers of Leigh Market because they’re so generous and supportive. We wouldn’t be able to raise as much as we do without them!”
Over the last eight years, Leigh Market has raised more than £28,000 for charities ranging from Macmillan to Wigan and Leigh Hospice and this year, they have chosen Prostate Cancer UK to benefit from their efforts.
Leader of the council, Councillor David Molyneux said: “The effort that Leigh Market’s stall holders go to in order to raise money for charity is admirable.
“They are extremely proud of the close-knit community they are a part of and that shows when they come together in this way to help other people.
“By having charity boxes at their tills and putting on simple activities day-to-day really can make a difference.
“I’d like to say a big well done to Kathryn and the others at Leigh Market for all their hard work and we support their efforts moving forward to raise even more money.”
Leigh Market is conveniently placed in between Bradshawgate and Spinning Gate Shopping Centre and is the beating heart of the town centre with a range of produce suitable across all ages and needs.
They pride themselves on going the extra mile for their customers and providing friendly service with high-quality produce.
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