Local and international traders from Belfast Christmas Market came together in the last few days of trading to raise funds for the local charity Cancer Fund For Children.
The on-going support offered to charities by Market Place (operators of the Belfast Christmas Market) is an important part of the relationship the Belfast Christmas Market team has built up with the community during its fourteen years of trading in the city.
Allan Hartwell, Managing Director of Market Place said:
“We are very proud of our flagship Christmas Market in Belfast and this is demonstrated through our commitment and investment in the Market and the support we give to charities and young entrepreneurs in the city.
We are thrilled to once again offer our support to Cancer Fund for Children, supporting the hard work of others and young people is central to our community engagement objectives. Our support ranges from opportunities to trade, guided tours, promotion of the charities we work with and the donation of products. This year we did a whip round with the traders, which raised the very generous amount of £4700 with a substantial single donation from Meats of The World.”
Every week in Northern Ireland, three children, teenagers or young adults, aged between 0-24 years old, are diagnosed with cancer.
Cancer Fund for Children understands the devastating impact a cancer diagnosis and treatment can have on the whole family and that beyond the essential clinical care there is a family life that needs to be rebuilt at home and in the community.
Funds raised from the Belfast Christmas Market will enable the charity to provide a range of practical, financial and therapeutic support to children, teenagers and young adults living with cancer, and their families, to help them cope with the impact cancer has on their lives.
Eddie Marcus, Chairman of Cancer Fund for Children’s South Belfast Support Group said:
“We are so grateful to Market Place and the Belfast Christmas Market traders for their continued support. This very generous donation will help the charity’s team of Specialists be there for children affected by cancer, so they don’t have to face it alone.
“As a local charity, Cancer Fund for Children receives less than 0.5% of its income from government funding, and so they very much rely on the generosity and support of local businesses and people, like the Christmas Market traders, to raise the vital funds it needs to run its services each year.
“Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to this wonderful donation, it will make such a huge difference to local families going through a difficult time in Northern Ireland.”
Each year Market Place push to make the market bigger and better than ever and 2017 was no exception. The Belfast Christmas Market attracts visitors from across Europe and has now become a significant contributor to the local economy. Over 1.3 million visitors came through the gates of the market in 2017, contributing to an overall the gross economic impact of over £78million.
Being associated with the Market, one of Belfast’s most well known festive events not only brings in valuable donations, it helps raise the profile of charities and awareness of the vital work they do.