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The highly popular Macmillan Christmas Shopping Fair, supported by Duke's, which is being held on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th November at Kingston Maurward College is aiming for a record year. Over the last five years the Fair has raised nearly £200,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support and this year looks set to be a record breaking one.

Outgoing Committee Chairman Malcolm Bentley commented “The Christmas Shopping Fair has become a firm favourite with shoppers seeking quality, unusual or discerning gifts that cannot be found on the High Street. Each year we feature nearly fifty stalls who are handpicked by us to ensure a wonderful choice and variety for shoppers looking for unique Christmas presents for their loved ones. This year stalls will include luxury clothing, jewellery and accessories, children’s toys, quality food and items for the house and garden.” He continued “The Fair has been running for nearly thirty years and used to be held in local Country Houses however it grew too large and Kingston Maurward College very kindly agreed to become a more permanent venue. Each year it has proved more and more popular and we are delighted that we are able to raise a substantial sum for Macmillan Cancer Support from the proceeds.” Chrissie Wathen-Neal, Macmillan Fundraising Manager for Dorset says; ‘The Macmillan Christmas Fair is now an established event in the county diary and is so well supported by the local community. As a charity we couldn’t do what we do without our wonderful volunteers and my thanks go to the committee members who organise the fair. 15 people a day will receive a cancer diagnosis in Dorset and the money that is raised at the event will help make a difference to those people living with cancer in Dorset”. The fair is Open on Saturday 18th November from 10am until 4pm and on Sunday 19th November from 10am until 4pm. Admission is £5 per person. Further information about the Macmillan Christmas Shopping Fair together with a selection of this year’s Stallholders can be found on their website www.macmillanchristmasfair.co.uk or by liking their Facebook Page.