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Trio create artisan market in Culford for St Nicholas Hospice Care



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More than 20 independent businesses will come together to raise funds for St Nicholas Hospice Care during a weekend-long event.

Professional potter Libbi Hutchence, from Culford, along with creative mother and daughter duo Denise and Jasmine Graham, from Bury St Edmunds, have organised the event at Culford Village Hall on October 30-31 between 10 am and 4pm.

"We will be supporting local businesses after such a difficult time, whilst raising money for such a very important cause," said Libbi.

Libbi Hutchence along with Denise and Jasmin Graham will be hosting the fundraiser at Culford Village Hall.
Libbi Hutchence along with Denise and Jasmin Graham will be hosting the fundraiser at Culford Village Hall.

3D prints, hand-stitched hoops and stained glass artwork are just a few of the stalls that will be on display during the fund-raising event.

Libbi worked as a secretary for West Suffolk Hospital for 16 years before pursuing her pottery passion. She is now teaching at West Suffolk College, where she trained in her creative career several years ago.

Whilst the money each business makes from their sales are theirs to keep, the £25 a day pitching fee will be donated to St Nicholas Hospice Care.

Libbi Hutchence along with Denise and Jasmine Graham will be hosting the fundraiser at Culford Village Hall.
Libbi Hutchence along with Denise and Jasmine Graham will be hosting the fundraiser at Culford Village Hall.

An Instagram page was set up by the group to support local businesses, called The Artichoke Collective.

"Artichokes have several parts to them, as does our creative community" said Libbi, who uses the page to promote creatives in and around Suffolk.

It is also hoped that a tea and coffee stall will be available from the hospice on the day, where all the profits will go back to the charity.

The trio have all been affected in different ways by the work the hospice does and they hope to raise hundreds of pounds to help them continue to deliver care to the terminally ill.

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