Festive fair aims to raise funds for grieving families

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A VILLAGE Christmas fair is set to raise money for a charity helping grieving parents.

The event at Lumb Farm on Derby Road, Marehay, is set to take place this Sunday featuring entertainment from live bands, face painting, a bouncy castle and lots more.

Villager Katie Dowler, 27, of Poppyfields, has organised the event, called Walking with Angels’, to raise vital funds for the Still Birth and Neo-Natal Death Society (SANDS)

In May, while 41 weeks pregnant, she suffered a uterine rupture which lead to the death of her unborn son Jonah.

She said: “He was perfectly healthy and beautiful until then. The people that were a massive help and support following that were SANDS.

“We want to raise money in Jonah’s memory and help other families going through the same grief.”

A total of 17 gift stalls will be available on Sunday as well as face painting, henna tattoos and a visit from Santa.

The event will start with a candlelit walk, meeting at Ripley Market Place at 3.30pm and heading down the Greenway to Lumb Farm.

The fair itself will start at 4.30pm. Tickets for adults will cost £5 and for 12s and under, £1.