Christmas wishes come true at fayre

15- Little helpers: Santa with his helpers, Marina Smith and Lauramay Pirie.
15- Little helpers: Santa with his helpers, Marina Smith and Lauramay Pirie.

Members of the Public were treated to a day of festive magic recently when they went along to the Waterside Inn to visit The Christmas Wishes Fayre.

The fayre, which saw over 500 people turn up on the day, was a huge success and organiser Sharon West, couldn’t have been happier with how it went. She organised it after her family began fundraising for diabetes earlier this year with 2 family members, Eva Grace Bowie and Iain Smith, and family friend Rachelle Duthie were all diagnosed with type 1 Diabetes.

She said: “It was a fantastic day, everyone really enjoyed the day and the JDRF, Diabetes Uk and the Diabetic Clinic at ARI will hugely benefit from the money raised.”

Various business stalls filled the ballroom in the Waterside and people were treated to a cup of tea and homebakes. Children could visit Santa’s grotto to meet the man himself, get their face painted as well as decorating their very own cupcake, which was also a hit with the adults!

Sharon added: “We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone behind the scenes who made the day such a success, to those who bought tickets, supplied baking, prizes and donations and also to those who turned up on the day. We raised an amazing £6722 for the charities and are overwhelmed by the support received from the local community.

“I’d also like to give a special thank you to Karen Day, Karen Higgins and the rest of the team at the Waterside who went that extra mile.”

Sharon has already been asked by members of the public if the fayre is going to be an annual event, and says there’s a good chance that one could be held again next year.