Shopping event to support vital work of charity

Join in the fun at this year's shopping extravaganza to support Bloodwise, the new name for  the  Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research charity EMN-151110-231456001
Join in the fun at this year's shopping extravaganza to support Bloodwise, the new name for the Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research charity EMN-151110-231456001
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An annual shopping extravaganza will once again be supporting the life-changing work of a cancer charity group.

The Grimsby and District branch of Bloodwise (formerly Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research) is hosting next week’s two-day fundraiser.

At last year’s event, the branch celebrated raising £1 million since being formed in 1962. This year, the national blood cancer charity hopes people will go along to help it celebrate its new name.

Now in its 27th year, the annual event will be held at Market Rasen Racecourse on October 20 and 21, when shoppers can get ahead with their Christmas shopping while helping to raise money to beat blood cancers.

There will be around 50 stalls selling arts, crafts and food and drink, with 10 per cent from each purchase going directly to Bloodwise.

“We have a wonderfully loyal group of supporters and it is important to remember that we are the same hard-working charity, raising money for people affected by blood cancer in our region,” said branch spokesman Sue Lucas.

“With the new name change, we hope to attract even more support.”

Shoppers on Tuesday night will be welcomed with a glass of wine and complimentary canapés by celebrity chef Rachel Green. The event will run from 6-9.30pm.

Wednesday shoppers can treat themselves to lunch or a homemade slice of cake in the fundraising café, with the event open from 10am to 3pm.

Entry costs £10 on Tuesday, which also permits entry on Wednesday, and £5 on Wednesday.