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Selfie of fundraiser Meg with Christmas pudding headwear, along with Santa and Mrs Christmas with Christmas tree behind.
Fundraiser Meg takes her turn to meet Santa and Mrs Christmas in the Christmas Kitchen.

Our Christmas Fayre welcomed hundreds of visitors over the weekend, to see Santa, shop at more than 30 craft and food stalls, and absorb the festive atmosphere.

The Christmas Fayre weekend, at our Gobowen campus, was bustling across all of our Marketplace. The Garden Centre and Gift Shop, The Vintage Advantage charity shop and Walled Garden Cafe were extremely well supported with a steady stream of happy shoppers; Christmas trees almost sold out!

Events coordinator and fundraiser, Megan Charman, thanked everyone who visited the Christmas Fayre on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday, to support the college and charity.

She said: “A massive thank you to everyone who visited our Christmas Fayre over the weekend. We’ve received really positive feedback from stallholders and visitors about the event.

“Lots of happy children visited Santa and Mrs Christmas in their Christmas Kitchen. Children listened to a story and had their photo taken as a memento of their visit.

“We were pleased to see lots of customers buying festive gifts, and are grateful for all the donations made over the weekend. All profits go to Derwen Charity, which supports students and clients with special educational needs to reach their aspirations and look forward to a more independent future.”

“Next year’s event is already pencilled in for the weekend of 30 November.”

Throughout December, The Garden Centre & Gift Shop promises a sparkly festive welcome. There, customers can buy Christmas trees, Derwen Charity Christmas cards, seasonal plants, wreaths, decorations, and unique gifts and hampers. The Vintage Advantage charity shop will be brimming with yuletide pre-loved treasures including Christmas fashions, gifts and homeware.

Megan is now looking ahead to the college’s next fundraiser, the 24-hour Sponsored Spinathon. This takes place from 2–3 February, so pop it in your diary!


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