A triumphant return for St Oswald's Hospice Christmas Market
There were gifts galore, treats a-plenty and masses of festive cheer to be had at this year’s event
After a two-year hiatus, last weekend saw the much anticipated return of the St Oswald’s Hospice Christmas Market and we were thrilled to welcome over a thousand people back to the Hospice.
Located within the grounds of the Hospice itself, an array of stall holders were set up across the outdoor marquee, the indoor Focus on Living Lounge and around the garden areas too with plenty of space for shoppers to browse to their hearts’ content.
The Market was officially declared open by Steph Edusei, Chief Executive of the Hospice, who warmly welcomed visitors before cutting the tinsel at 11am, ably assisted by our panto characters from Enchanted Entertainment.
Throughout the day, there was an abundance of entertainment bringing that added sparkle and cheer including a toe-tapping performance from The Baldy Holly Band, a selection of seasonal favourites from Ponteland Ladies Choir and some lively Christmas carols from Grange First School Choir. We even had a visit from Santa Claus himself!
Our market was a fantastic success and we’re delighted to let you know that to date, we have raised over £20,000 from this year’s event.
There are so many people to thank, from our knitters and bakers, crafters and creators keeping our stalls stocked with gifts and treats, to our Hospice staff, our volunteers, the organising committee, our amazing community of supporters, stall-holders, Gosforth Junior High Academy for the use of their car park on the day, the marvellous musicians, dancers, entertainers and performers, and the many businesses, groups and individuals who have donated gifts, their time and their talents – the list is endless!
We simply could not do it without you.
We are hugely grateful to you all for all that you’ve given to help us deliver this year’s Christmas Market, raising vital funds for the ongoing work of St Oswald’s Hospice, supporting our patients and their families.