Peaks Top Farm festive fair helps children at refuge
A CHRISTMAS fair has helped raise money for children in a refuge over the festive period.
The first event of its kind at Peaks Top Farm, in New Waltham, was held on Saturday.
A variety of locally-run craft stalls were available for the public to look around as well as a host of miniature Christmas trees.
As well as starting the festive cheer early, the fair was helping to raise money and awareness for Women's Aid.
Organiser Linda Clayton said: "This is the first Christmas fair at Peaks Top Farm. It started with people saying that the fabulously fruity wine we make would be a great present and from there it has snowballed. We have people here who have made all sorts of things, they have really got involved.
"For something that started out so small we have done incredibly well.
"We have everything you need for Christmas here, ranging from wine to trees and jewellery as well as everything in between.
"For people who are unable to make it today we are also open every Saturday afternoon from noon to 4pm where you can buy our wine and Christmas trees.
"If everything goes well we might do another fair in the spring or summer."
Some of the money made at the fair will go towards helping give presents to children in a refuge on Christmas Day.
Women's Aid service manager Denise Farman added: "We run a service for children that isn't funded and the money that we make here from the refreshments will go towards helping to keep it going.
"We provide support for children who have been abused or have to flee their homes.
"Events like this help us raise awareness and I can't believe how much good stuff there is here. It is great to get the support because we get over 100 children a year in our refuge and on Christmas Day we will have about 30 children with us.
"The money raised here will help Santa deliver presents to the children who are with us at Christmas."
For more information on Women's Aid or to help or donate, call 01472 575757.