Lindfield craft fair raises £9k for cancer research

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The organisers of the Made in Sussex Craft & Food Fair donated £9,420.56 to the Genome Damage & Stability Centre at the University of Sussex on September 16 with money raised at the event.

The centre is partly funded by Cancer Research UK and carries out vital scientific research into cell behaviour that could lead to discoveries in understanding what causes cancer and finding better treatments.

More than 3,000 people attended the fair at Goddenwick Farm in Lindfield on September 7.

Liz Kidger, founder and organiser, 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 Linfield 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.

Olympic athlete Sally Gunnell OBE, and Lewes-based baker Michael Hanson judged the charity Bake Off, and presented prizes to the winners.

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.