There's snow business like snow business!
A Christmas Market at Marsh Mill Village, Thornton, Lancashire, yesterday embodied the season of goodwill with shoppers and traders braving winter storms to enjoy some festive fun and help raise money for Happy House.
The market, organised by Caroline Bramhall, who is in Victoria's sponsor family, and her daughter Hayley Anderton brought a winter wonderland to life with entertainment, stalls and delicious food.
A trade event, supporting Happy House, stallholders were glad to be able to go indoors to take refuge from rain and high winds but as the day unflded the weather brightened up, just a little, for everyone of all ages, but especally the kids, to enjoy the musical and comic- character entertainment presented by Disco Inferno.
The climax of the day's events was the switch-on of the Christmas tree lights and the arrival of Santa - complete with a perfectly-timed snowstorm.
Throughout the day, Elizabeth Gomm, our UK coordinator, and Pauline Royle were there manning a Happy House stall which raised £200.91 - which included £50 from Guess the Name of the Elephant.
The elephant, crocheted by Pauline, was won by Jake McGrattan of Bispham who correctly chose the name Nguma.
Huge thanks to Caroline Bramhall, Phil Wolstencroft, Hayley Anderton, all to their amazing helpers and to everyone who took a stall or came along for your support.
Your love and generosity means so much, and will by helping us to open our secondary school change lives.
We look forward to hearing how much was raised - every penny will make a difference, Thank you.