From those that wanted to talk tarot card readings to shoulder problems, visitors to Cancer Research UK Pink Gift Fair seemed to be leaving laden down with shopping bags, as they were offered unique shopping with exclusive products that can’t be found on the high street. Some of the retail stalls offering products of natural qualities produced through personal experience of fighting cancer, and (from the Sussex land) the most amazing flapjacks made with linseed oil.
Visitors were offered a chance to chat about wellbeing, healthy eating, yoga, and shop ’til you had no more hands to hold shopping bags.
The pink clad volunteers offered a warm welcome to all who attended the West Sussex Couunty Council offices, including Horsham councillors and local MP, Jeremy Quin.
The Audi display of luxury cars featuring the fair’s logo attracted many a visitors outside, whilst younger shoppers loved the ever changing pink and blue lights of the ‘Tree of Hope and Chances’ donated by Newbridge Nurseries.
The Tree offered a chance to win amazing prizes and was sold out by 11am on the first day of the fair. It then hosted messages of hope from friends and family hoping for those loved ones fighting cancer, or memories of who had sadly lost the fight.
Sally Pavey, volunteer organiser, said: “The tree hosted some amazing prizes supplied by local firms. Their generosity made for a quick sale as word spread to the prizes on offer such as the luxury villa for a weeks holiday and a brand new Audi for the weekend were quickly found on the Tree.
“The best part of the fair was the atmosphere, everyone was so friendly, happy, in all volunteering, exhibiting, attending to raise money to fight cancer through a cheque being sent to the Cancer Research UK laboratory in Brighton. The event was organised by volunteers and so all the money raised goes direct to those working at the grass roots of stop cancer sooner.
“We aimed to raise money to save lives and once we have calculated the final figures we look forward to travelling down to meet with the amazing professors and experts that are seeking to find cures for all 200 types of cancer here in Sussex.”
Picture: Volunteers, Jeremy Senneck and Connie Wiffen, welcoming visitors.