Bazaar is a grand success

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Crowds flocked to a Christmas Bazaar and craft fayre held in aid of Wisbech man Robert Smith on Saturday.

The event organised by sisters Barbara Elsey and Margaret Green for the Robert Smith Fundraising appeal was held at Walsoken Village Hall and raised £800.

Xmas bazaar and craft fair in aid of Robert Smith Fundraising at Walsoken Village Hall,'left to right Jack Gant, Barara Elsey, Shaun Elsey and Margaret Green

Xmas bazaar and craft fair in aid of Robert Smith Fundraising at Walsoken Village Hall,'left to right Jack Gant, Barara Elsey, Shaun Elsey and Margaret Green

There were seven craft stalls, a variety of side stalls and games including bric-a-brac, a tombola and grand raffle.

Bacon rolls were served during the morning part of the event and went down really well. The afternoon saw tea and cakes being served.

The money will be added to the Robert Smith Fundraising account, which already stands at over £12,000.

Barbara and Margaret launched the appeal earlier in the summer after reading about Robert Smith, from Walsoken, who has been bedridden for over three years and has only left the house three or four times in that time.

Xmas bazaar and craft fair in aid of Robert Smith Fundraising at Walsoken Village Hall,'left to right Carolyn Dobson, Lynda Copeman and Hannah Gosling

Xmas bazaar and craft fair in aid of Robert Smith Fundraising at Walsoken Village Hall,'left to right Carolyn Dobson, Lynda Copeman and Hannah Gosling

The sisters wanted to raise enough money to buy a custom-built electric wheelchair for Robert, who has Proteus Syndrome and is over 8ft tall and weighs around 19 stone.

His giant frame means a conventional wheelchair is not suitable for him and also makes it impossible for his mum Rita to push him.

An electric wheelchair will give Robert (24) more freedom to get out and about.

Since the appeal was launched the family has been told the NHS will be funding an electric wheelchair, so all money raised will now go towards providing other things that will make Robert’s life better including creating a wheelchair friendly garden.

Xmas bazaar and craft fair in aid of Robert Smith Fundraising at Walsoken Village Hall,'Thelma Moore and Monica Lewis

Xmas bazaar and craft fair in aid of Robert Smith Fundraising at Walsoken Village Hall,'Thelma Moore and Monica Lewis