Thanks to the incredible success of the Made in Sussex Craft & Food Fair we have been able to present a cheque for £9,420.56 to the world renowned Genome Damage & Stability Centre at the University of Sussex.
We raised the money – from donations and profits on the day – for Cancer Research UK and it will go directly into funding scientific research at the university. So a massive thank you to everyone who came along on the day, and of course the fantastic organisers and volunteers who worked so hard to make the Fair happen!
Made in Sussex founder and organiser Liz Kidger presented the cheque to Mark O’Driscoll, Professor of Human Molecular Genetics at the Genome Damage and Stability Centre, on Tuesday 16th September. They were joined by Sam Kidger, Friday Media Group Managing Director and Steve Ford, Manager of the Friday Media Group Foundation which supported the Fair.
The centre is partly funded by Cancer Research UK and carries out vital scientific research into cell behaviour that could lead to better understanding of what causes cancer, and to find better treatments.
The power of community spirit
Beautiful weather and a fantastic line up of craft exhibitors attracted over 3,000 people to the Made in Sussex Craft & Food Fair 2014, held at Goddenwick Farm in Lindfield, West Sussex on Sunday 7th September.
Liz Kidger said: “I’m delighted that we have been able to raise such a huge amount for Cancer Research UK. It’s wonderful to know that we are directly supporting the ground-breaking work of the Genome Centre, right here in Sussex. I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who came along on the day, and the community in Lindfield and beyond who gave their time and energy to make this happen.”
In its second year, the Made in Sussex Craft & Food Fair hosted 130 exhibitors around the farm, showcasing local crafts, foods, and retro and vintage products. From artisan breads, to exquisite craft jewellery, to vintage French furniture, the range of products on show really impressed. Olympic athlete Sally Gunnell OBE, and Lewes-based baker Michael Hanson judged the charity Bake Off, and presented prizes to the winners. A super-organised team at Friday Media Group, led by Binny Hawketts and Lucy Singh, worked closely with Liz Kidger to ensure everything went smoothly on the day.
Mark O’Driscoll, Professor of Human Molecular Genetics at the Genome Damage and Stability Centre, whose laboratory is core-funded by Cancer Research UK said: “This donation is very gratefully received. Our laboratory work needs constant funding, and without the tireless campaigning of Cancer Research UK, and fantastic events like these, we would be far more limited in what we can hope to achieve.”
Work carried out at the Sussex Genome Damage and Stability Center examines how different cells behave during the process of cell division, how certain types of cancer form, and how they could potentially be treated.
From L to R – Steve Ford, Manager of Friday Media Group Foundation; Sam Kidger, Managing Director of Friday Media Group; Liz Kidger founder of Made in Sussex Craft & Food Fair; Mark O’Driscoll Professor of Human Molecular Genetics.
Photos of Made in Sussex Craft & Food Fair 2014: Laura Morgan