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Christmas Craft Fair will Raise Vital Funds for Local Charity

Posted: Thu, 09 Nov 2017 15:31

Christmas Craft Fair will Raise Vital Funds for Local Charity

On Sunday (12 November), the annual JHMT Christmas Craft Fair will take place at Rawlins Academy, in Quorn, from 11am-4.30pm.

JHMT stands for the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust, a local charity that was set up following the tragic loss of Joe Humphries, aged 14, from sudden arrhythmic death syndrome (SADS) – a sudden heart condition that can strike anyone at any time, particularly seemingly fit and healthy young people.

Since then, Joe's family and friends have worked tirelessly to raise awareness of SADS, ensure defibrillators are fitted in community locations and that people are trained in CPR. The charity also works closely with sports and medical professionals to keep SADS on the agenda, and has set up a small grants scheme called Inspire to help young people fulfil their ambitions.

Angie Humphries from the Trust said: "Our amazing son Joe was a fun-loving Rothley lad who was a talented artist, so raising funds in this way for the charity we set up in his name is particularly fitting.

"We are delighted so many talented local crafters and producers are so keen to showcase their talents in aid of Joe's Trust by taking part in this event.

"Thanks to the amazing work of Joe's army of helpers and volunteers, we have achieved so much with the Trust, but there's still more work to be done to help make an impact on the statistic that 12 young people aged 12-35 die each week from undiagnosed heart problems. Deaths like this aren't inevitable, they're preventable.

"By coming along to our Christmas craft fair, you too can help us a little further along our journey."

Christmas shoppers at the event will be able to choose from a range of unique gifts made with skill, love and care by talented local artisans, including jewellery, shabby chic furniture, homewares and accessories, paintings and artwork, glassware, candles, cards and children's books written by a local author.

The craft fair is free to attend and everyone is welcome.

For more information on the work of the Trust, visit www.jhmt.org.uk

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