Over £1,000 has been raised for a local charity at a special market in Wigan town centre.
Hope Street in The Galleries Shopping Centre transformed into a bustling local market to celebrate Mother’s Day and help raise funds for Wigan & Leigh Hospice. The market followed the theme of a traditional farmers’ market and featured stalls selling a variety of crafts and much more.
Although the weather was miserable, it didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits as an impressive total of £1,143 was raised for Wigan & Leigh Hospice.
The event was organised by The Galleries and SPG Events North West to help the Hospice in raising £50,000 to make the in-patient unit dementia-friendly through its Counting on Care appeal.
Christine Edwardson, Community Fundraiser for Wigan & Leigh Hospice, said: “We are delighted by the response of the market. Considering what the weather was like, we didn’t expect as many people to attend so we are thrilled by the huge amount that was raised. We can’t thank everyone enough.”
While raising money for charity, fun was had by everyone that visited. Visitors were also welcomed to the event with a local ukulele band that played folk music throughout the day.
Victoria Nichol, Centre Manager for The Galleries, said: “Mother’s Day is the time for everyone to make their mums feel special, so we were pleased to host an event that provided an opportunity for people to get bespoke Mother’s Day gifts, while also providing funds for a fantastic local charity and supporting local traders.
“We are delighted with the response that the event received and how much fun was had by everyone that came along. The market brought a special atmosphere to
Wigan town centre”