Christmas proves fair attraction at Emmaus

IF the queues around Emmaus Mossley just to get into its Vintage Christmas Market were anything to go by, then it was a success.

Sure enough, everything that met the eye proved true as £9,327 was raised.

The branch of the charity that helps the homeless, offering a community of 26 ‘companions’ a home, work and personal support, cranked up the festive spirit on Saturday, November 16.

It certainly proved attractive as hundreds of people came through the door at the Queen Street mill it occupies to snap up a bargain before the big day.

Among the things on offer were vintage and retro decorations, ideal purchases for a ‘secret Santa’ and reusable Christmas trees.

The first floor market featured an upcycled stall with handmade gifts and cards, furniture, presents for £5 and under, Christmas linens, toys and games, vintage and alternative presents (including musical instruments), a charity raffle and a tombola.

Alex, one of the people who lives and works at Emmaus Mossley, said: “It was a manic day but extremely successful.

“Thankfully Christmas only comes around once a year so it’ll be a bit before we do it all again!
“Thank you to all of our customers and volunteers for making it a great day.”Alison Hill, Director of Emmaus Mossley, added: “It was a very busy but successful event and I would like to thank all those who joined us.

“The funds raised will go towards our ambitious plans which include improving facilities for our companions and carrying out essential, long overdue repairs and building works.

“I would like to thank and congratulate all of our companions, volunteers and staff who worked tirelessly on the day and in the run up to this event.

“It was a big team effort which makes us all the more proud and grateful when our extended community comes out to give their support.”

The Emporium was host to a Dickensian Christmas scene while in the Boutique there was plenty of new winter/Christmas stock, including festive jumpers, party dresses, winter coats and accessories.

Scrooge’s Christmas Scrap Shed provided plenty of chance to decorate your house or your garden while young people from Oldham’s Mahdlo Youth Zone also manned a stall.

Local butchers Pattison’s helped ease any hunger pangs by serving sausage and bacon barms then pulled pork muffins, along with roast beef and turkey carved off the bone.

Lucie’s Café at Emmaus also served festive food and drinks and The Ale Trailer provided non alcoholic ‘mocktails’ and Christmas beverages.

• Because of the event’s success, Emmaus is appealing for more donations of festive bric-a-brac and Christmas decorations to ensure the superstore has enough stock throughout December.

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