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Clare Priory Craft Fair puts on big charity give-away

Clare Priory Craft Fair distributed £17,000 from this summer’s takings to 12 charities at a charity presentation evening. 

The presentation took place on November 25 at Clare Priory in Suffolk. Clare Priory’s renowned Craft Fair takes place each year over the second weekend of July, drawing around 10,000 visitors to view and buy artisan products in the historic priory’s beautiful gardens over the two days. Exhibitors and visitors alike greatly appreciate the unique atmosphere and setting of the Priory, and many have become familiar friends as they return year after year. All proceeds from the Craft Fair go to charity, and the organisers and helpers are all unpaid volunteers and parishioners who give their time freely and generously.

The charities benefitting this year were: Clare Priory, REACH Foodbank, St Nicholas Hospice, East Anglia Children’s Hospice, Clare Playing Fields, Cavendish Care, CLASP, East Anglian Air Ambulance, Cancer Research UK, Marys Meals and Addenbrookes Bone Marrow Unit.

At a moving Presentation Evening on Friday, representatives from the receiving charities gave a fascinating insight into their work, the difference they make and the pressing need to fund their services. The national lockdown meant that 2020 and 2021 were the only years the Craft Fair has not been held since 1993. The 2022 Craft Fair’s great success is a reflection on the tremendous efforts of everyone involved and plans are already well underway to make the 2023 event even more special.

Pictured above are charity representatives receiving cheques at the presentation evening.