Businesses rally to give a boost to Christmas charity stall being run for Help for Heroes

HELP For Heroes charity fund raiser Debbie Smith is set for her biggest challenge yet – competing in the Barcelona Marathon next March.

HELP For Heroes charity fund raiser Debbie Smith is set for her biggest challenge yet – competing in the Barcelona Marathon next March.

Her fund raising is set to step up a gear, locally, too when she holds a Christmas charity stall in aid of Help For Heroes in March on December 4.

Debbie, 33, has been busy raising cash for the charity throughout the year and has already completed two half marathons. So far she has raised over �800 but is hoping tomorrow’s charity stall on March Market Place will give that a considerable boost.

The stall will ‘open for business’ at 8.30am and so far she has collected a range of items to raffle in aid of Help For Heroes, all donated by local businesses.

Some of the items to be raffled include a meal for two at Cassanos, a meal from the County Road fish and chip shop, chocolates from Walkers in Broad Street, jewellery from Gold Dust, and a singing dog – which gives a rendition of ‘Don’t Worry Be Happy’ – from Abracadabra.

She’s also drawn support from Martin Butler, the High Street butcher, who will be donating mulled wine for cold shoppers to enjoy.

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“We have also a lady from St Neots who has backed a massive Help For Heroes cake which we may raffle or allow people to guess the weight,” she said.

Christmas baubles, hand painted with Help For Heroes logos, have been donated by Sue Stewart of Wimblington.

• Earlier this week Debbie joined Cambs Times and Wisbech Standard Editor John Elworthy to pay in �1,017.38 raised by those attending the Fenland Enterprise Business Awards at the Braza. The raffle included a �200 donation from Fenland District Council. The raffle was suggested by Debbie, whose husband Bruce was one of the event sponsors.

• There’s also some further cash to come from the business awards in the New Year when we auction off the first prize in the business awards- a luxury weekend for two. The prize was won on the night by David Oliver, whose wife Linda is chairman of Cambridgeshire County Council. Mr Oliver contacted the paper a few days after the award and asked us auction off the prize to give a further boost to Help for Heroes.

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