Support for shopping extravaganza

Market Rasen Town Mayor John Matthews tries canapes with some of the organisers at the Bloodwise Shopping Extravaganza at Market Rasen Racecourse. Bloodwise volunteers pictured are Sue Lucas, Abi Broadbent, Paula Turnbull and Catriona Tate . EMN-151027-132902001
Market Rasen Town Mayor John Matthews tries canapes with some of the organisers at the Bloodwise Shopping Extravaganza at Market Rasen Racecourse. Bloodwise volunteers pictured are Sue Lucas, Abi Broadbent, Paula Turnbull and Catriona Tate . EMN-151027-132902001

“So many of us have been affected by these diseases we must do all we can to help find better treatments and a cure.”

That was the message from Abi Broadbent of the Grimsby and District Bloodwise Group, formerly Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, at the October shopping extravaganza at Market Rasen Racecourse, the first under the group’s new name.

Traders manned 45 stalls at the two day event, where visitors to the first evening were welcomed with a glass of wine and canapes, prepared by Market Rasen celebrity chef Rachel Green.

One of the visitors was Market Rasen Mayor John Matthews, pictured above with Bloodwise volunteers Sue Lucas, Abi Broadbent, Paula Turnbull and Catriona Tate.

“Every year this event goes from strength to strength,” said Coun Matthews.

“It is testament to the co-operation the organisers receive from the racecourse, the town and the community that the event runs so smoothly.

“The charity group works incredibly hard to make it a well attended and successful event every year. It brings people into the town and to the racecourse, that is all good.”

And the organisers were once again delighted with how it had all gone.

“Thanks so much to everyone for attending the event,” said Abi Broadbent.

“We’re still waiting on a final figure but we’re hoping to have raised £12,000 this year, which is excellent and wouldn’t be possible without the continued support of the local people.