Redrow adds a sparkle to Martin House Christmas fair

Christmas is coming… and Martin House is keen to share the festive fun with its annual Christmas Fair, in Wetherby.

It’s the second Yuletide event for the Boston Spa based children’s hospice and this year they are making it bigger and better than ever – and have been getting some help from housebuilder Redrow Homes.

“Our first Christmas Fair last year was such a lovely event and it was really popular,” says Sara Cracknell, events fundraiser. “So we want to build on that to help people get into the Christmas spirit and, of course, raise awareness of the wonderful work we do at Martin House and how people can support us in that.”

The first Christmas Fair raised £1,500, which was a ‘great’ boost for Martin House, and now with Redrow’s Yorkshire division on board as a sponsor they are hoping this year’s event could top the £2,000 mark.

“It costs £16,500 a day to look after children and their families and keep Martin House open and running so that we can give them the care and experience they need,” Sara explains.

“The money raised from the Christmas fair will go towards that but, of course, we also want it to be a fun day in which families can come along and learn a little more about us while having a great day out.”

The Christmas Fair will be held at Wetherby Town Hall on Saturday, November 18 between 9.30am and 3.30pm.

There will be a host of arts and crafts stalls, card and gift stalls, as well as a tombola, and children’s activities table with lots of things to do like biscuit decorating.

Visitors can pre-order their Christmas tree ready to collect the first weekend of December, stay for a cup of tea or coffee and a traditional mince pie and even treat themselves to a warming mug of mulled wine. They’ll also be able to enter the Redrow free prize draw to win a £200 Marks & Spencer gift card – and for every entry handed in to the homebuilder’s St Andrew’s Place development at Southbank, in nearby Newton Kyme, Redrow will donate £5 to Martin House.

“Sponsorship from Redrow has helped us to put on the event and give it a more festive feel, with decorations and the mulled wine,” adds Sara.

Patsy Aicken, sales director for Redrow homes (Yorkshire), who are just finishing off their Southbank development, in Newton Kyme, and have supported Martin House for several years, says: “We’re thrilled to be involved and to continue our support for such a heart-warming and deserving charity that provides an incredible service for children and families in the most difficult of times. We’re very much looking forward to the Christmas Fair.”

Entry forms for the Redrow free prize draw can be collected at the Christmas Fair and must be delivered to St Andrew’s Place by 5pm on Sunday, November 26 to be eligible for the £200 prize. For more details of the final few Redrow homes available call 01937 865702 or visit

Caption: Redrow fundraisers and Martin House staff pictured at the hospice earlier this year