From left to right: Flower Pod Centre Manager Jane Hufton, Project Co-ordinator Helen Davenport, and Client Services Leader Tracey Thurlow

A Newark charity hosted its annual Christmas Fayre selling handmade gifts and homemade cakes.

The Reach Christmas Fayre took place on Saturday December 7 at Barnbygate Methodist Church Hall, Newark and lasted from 10am to 12pm.

As well as craft stalls and cake stands, there was also a raffle, tombola, and refreshments available for visitors.

Reach Learning Disability is a charity organisation that offers a variety of services to its many clients, including sewing, fitness, and computing, allowing them to develop skills and friendships.

Fundraising officer for Reach, Sarah Cobb, 31, of Newark, said: “This morning was organised by the Friends of Reach group, who made these beautiful items, by knitting and sewing.”

Client Oliver Martin, 30, of Newark, helping to sell festive handmade items

Christine Martin, 57, of Newark, said that Oliver has been going to Reach since 2009, “it is nice for him to be able to go somewhere and be part of the community.”

Oliver has also recently begun hosting a board game session at the charities Reach Cafe on the Balderton playing field, where he and other clients can socialise and have fun.

Newark Reach centre manager, Chantelle Welsher, 43, of Newark, said: “I’m pleased it’s so busy”, and that they are always on the lookout for more volunteers.

Visitors Helen Baker, 52, and Tina Baker, 85, of Collingham, enjoying their tombola prizes

Client services leader of Flower Pod, Tracey Thurlow, 48, of Southwell, said: “We are a multi-cultural based social enterprise based on NTU’s Brackenhurst campus with 42 clients.”

Flower Pod is a Southwell branch of the Reach charity, and their stall consisted of many homemade items, including Christmas wreaths, log Santas, and festive hedgehogs.

Visitor Helen Baker, 52, of Collingham, said: “The items they make are fabulous, they’re very talented.”

Entry for the event was £1.50 per person, which also included a drinks voucher valid for either a tea or coffee with a biscuit.

In total there was £480 raised by the Christmas Fayre, which went towards the Reach Newark Christmas challenge The Big Give, where all donations from Tuesday, December 3 were matched by The Reed Foundation for a week in celebration of the 25-year anniversary of the Reach organisation.

The money raised will help the organisation maintain their services, and possibly offer new ones to keep their clients supported and feeling apart of the community.