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I was involved in this event by one of my oldest (and by that I mean longest standing) friends, Nicola Montgomery, who has a baking business called La Petite Fleur Cakes. She was taking a table to seel her delicious cakes and biscuits etc and the team were looking for someone to run the raffle stall and also a charity to benefit from the money raised.Nicola, having attended and supported many of the events I have organised this year, suggested I could do both and the Challenge was born! I did think that it wasnt much of a challenge to stand there and take money for prizes donated by the various stall holders and so I decided to do it in a Christmas themed fancy dress and put it to the vote on the website. There were 3 options to get dressed as - Santa, An Elf or a Reindeer and the vast majority decided they wanted to see me dressed as an Elf. So thats what I did!


It was brilliant to see how many people were in attendance and how busy all of the stalls were - including the raffle. It was also brilliant to see lots of friendly faces on the day. Friends, Family, Families of the Friends etc. Some poeple that I havent seen in yyears too! Everyone was super generous in donating the prizes and buying raffle tickets, so I must say a massive thank you to everyone that got involved. The evnt ran for 2 hrs on a Saturday afternoon and by the end everyone had made plenty of sales and had a busy afternoon - Nicola pretty much coud have sold double the amount of cakes she had brought! Once the raffle had been drawn and the prizes collected, by those who were still around at the end, and the money was all counted, another £120 had been added to The XL Challenge total for the year - leaving less than £500 to go before the end of the year to reach the £4000 target!!!