Christmas Fayre proceeds for Blood Bikes

Friday November 16, 2018

Proceeds from Concord’s Christmas Gift and Food Fayre will this year be donated to Shropshire, Staffordshire & Cheshire Blood Bikes. The fayre which will be held at Concord on November 25th from 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm will also include a visit from members of the Blood Bikes charity team. Concord chemistry teacher Ms Fiona Parry is a Blood Bikes volunteer and she invited one of the riders, Alan Fowles, to visit the college ahead of the fayre. All proceeds from the stallholder fees and charity lucky dip will be going to Blood Bikes which has delighted Alan, a Blood Biker for the last three and a half years. The college is hoping to raise in the region of £1,500 for the Blood Bikes and Alan expressed his gratitude.  “It is wonderful of the college, and Fiona in particular, to offer their support in this way,” he said. “The proceeds of the fayre will be a welcome addition to our operational costs and the financing of bikes which is a big cost item,” added Alan who has been a biker since 1964. Blood Bikes is a voluntary service providing the collection and delivery of blood products and other urgent medical items including premature baby breast milk. They are transported free to NHS hospitals across Shropshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire and Alan is a volunteer bike rider for Shropshire. Fifty-eight local businesses have signed up to run a stall at the Christmas Fayre and there will also be a hog roast and traditional tearoom.  Stalls include Marks & Spencer Foodhall, the DenKit company, Younique Make-up and Kate Innes, a local author. In addition to Christmas gifts as well as food and festive delicacies, there will be a full music programme performed by Concord students plus Corvedale Primary School choir. Visitors, expected to number about 1,500, will have free entry and there will be ample parking in the grounds of the college. Fayre organiser Mrs. Emily Purvis said tours of the campus will also be available to visitors.