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Dundas Market goes above and beyond for local charity

19 August 2014

THE OCCUPANTS of Dundas Market have united in pursuit to aid children in need of a helping hand.

Teaming up with TFM competition finalist, Elle Wood, Middlesbrough-based Dundas Market managed to raise almost £4,000 in just 20 days for Cash for Kids.

From bake sales to blind cards and sponsored walks to tombola’s, the traders explored every avenue to ensure they made as much as possible with the money going towards helping sick, disabled and disadvantaged children in Teesside.

Not only is the fundraising going to a great cause, but it also gave Elle the chance to win ‘The Big Audition’ hosted by TFM.

To win ‘The Big Audition’ Elle had to raise money for Cash for Kids alongside performing at TFM Soundworks in front of hundreds of people.

Elle, 18, said: “We were all determined to raise a large amount of money for Cash for Kids and we definitely smashed the targets raising a huge £4000!

“I grew up with the people in the Dundas Market as my grandma owns Jean’s Kitchen so we’re really close – everyone is really caring and they all just wanted to help.”

Jean Hall, owner of Jean’s Kitchen and co-ordinator of the fundraiser, said: “The support from all the people here at Dundas Market was overwhelming, we could never have raised this much money without everyone taking part.”

The traders hosted a whole range of fundraising activities to help raise the £4000.  This included all the ladies from Jean’s Kitchen taking part in a 3km sponsored walk, Buckshees contributing t-shirts for fundraisers to wear to support Elle and Finishing Touches donating cupcakes to the bake sale.  

Jean added: “People have gone above and beyond to help raise money and in doing so, helped my granddaughter do what she loves most. I’m so grateful for everyone who donated and helped us, we couldn’t have asked for more.”

Although Elle came second in TFM’s ‘The Big Audition’, the traders of Dundas Market still see it as a big success and this demonstration of unison proves how the community can better itself when everyone supports each other.