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On Saturday 26 August the Stevenage Indoor Market traders hosted their first Afternoon Tea for charity. It was suggested by one of the stallholders that the Indoor Market join thousands of others this August, dusting off their whisks, sticking the kettle on, and holding an Afternoon Tea to raise money for Breast Cancer Now.

This is a great cause which works hard to provide the best information and support for people affected by breast cancer. Some of the traders took charge in the organisation of the afternoon, while others came together generously donating prizes for the raffle. It was a real team effort and a great atmosphere with the Mayor also attending alongside lots of customers too.

The traders at the Indoor Market would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved and were overwhelmed by the support in helping them to raise an astonishing £750 for Breast Cancer Now which has been donated to a fantastic cause. 

Councillor Myla Arceno, Mayor of Stevenage, said: “It’s lovely to see the traders at the Indoor Market come together to organise events such as these for fantastic causes that are close to a lot of hearts. I really enjoyed my cake, a cup of tea and a chat and could see there were lots of others there too, doing exactly the same. It was nice to see the afternoon tea so busy with lots of customers stopping by and I wanted to say a big heartfelt thank you to the market traders who kindly organised this event to fundraise for such a worthy cause.”

In previous years, the market had a committee to run events and has recently formed a new group to work on behalf of traders and customers. Working closely alongside Stevenage Borough Council’s Market and Town Centre Management team the group will be involved in organising more events like this, to help attract more shoppers and increase the footfall and numbers of people visiting the market.

There are lots of future events being discussed including the Stevenage Indoor Market’s 50th Anniversary this year; save the date, Saturday 9 December, in your diary as it’s going to be a good one! Look out for further information nearer the time.

One of the traders is also hosting an annual MacMillan Coffee Morning on Saturday 30 September, there is a Craft and Farmers Market along with workshops on Saturday 7 October. Don’t forget the Spooktacular Halloween event on Saturday 28 October 10am – 4pm, where there will be free arts and crafts for all ages and everyone is welcome. We cannot wait and are looking forward to you joining in the scary fun to celebrate.