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Christmas gifts on offer at hospice’s festive market

Assistant cook, Julie Cokell, pictured hard at work preparing for the hospice's Festive Bake-Off at the Christmas Market on Saturday.

Assistant cook, Julie Cokell, pictured hard at work preparing for the hospice's Festive Bake-Off at the Christmas Market on Saturday.

St John’s Hospice will once again be opening its doors to the public this weekend for its annual Christmas Market.

A whole host of craft and home-made stalls will be on offer on Saturday between 10am and 4pm, with lots of great Christmas gift ideas available for both young and old.

As usual the hospice team will be on hand with their festive refreshments to keep those in attendance well nourished.

In keeping with the Festive Bake-off challenge set by the Guardian and Visitor’s Save our Hospice campaign, the hospice kitchen staff have also been hard at work for the event, making extra mince pies to sell alongside their fabulous sticky toffee puddings.

This year’s event will also play host to the first ever performance by the newly formed hospice choir, who have been devotedly rehearsing for the occasion.

They will be performing a mixture of music including Bring me Sunshine, which was made famous by local comedian Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise.

The day will also feature performances from the Morecambe Warblers, the Lancaster Community Music Centre Intermediate Choir and Barrow business man, Phil Collier, who will be there promoting the album he has recently recorded to raise funds for both St John’s Hospice and St Mary’s Hospice.

Continuing on the music theme, local TV celebrity and musician Paul Hayes will also be making an appearance at the event.

He will be on hand to sign copies of his Credit Crunch Christmas CD which is also raising funds for the Save our Hospice campaign.

Martin Burr, of Greenfingers Christmas Tree Centre, will once again be providing the hospice with high quality Christmas Trees to sell.

The hospice will be selling the popular Nordman Fir Christmas Trees on Saturday only, with 100 per cent of the profits going directly to helping provide care to local patients and their families.

So, if you are out shopping for Christmas trees and presents this weekend or are looking for some seriously festive fun, why not make St John’s Hospice Christmas Market your first port of call?

 

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