An afternoon tea event held at Stevenage Indoor Market has raised hundreds of pounds for a cancer charity.

Traders in the market decided to join thousands of other charity afternoon teas across the nation by sticking their kettles on, baking a delicious selection of cakes, and raising money for Breast Cancer Now on Friday, August 25.

Coming together to organise the event - and a charity raffle - the traders succeeded in raising a combined total of £750 for the charity, which provides research and care for people affected by breast cancer.

Councillor Myla Arceno, Mayor of Stevenage, said: "It’s lovely to see the traders at the Indoor Market come together to organise events such as these for fantastic causes that are close to a lot of hearts.

The Comet: The mayor of Stevenage, Cllr Myla Arceno, enjoys the afternoon tea for Breast Cancer Now.The mayor of Stevenage, Cllr Myla Arceno, enjoys the afternoon tea for Breast Cancer Now. (Image: Stevenage Borough Council)

"I really enjoyed my cake, a cup of tea and a chat and could see there were lots of others there too, doing exactly the same.

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"It was nice to see the afternoon tea so busy with lots of customers stopping by and I wanted to say a big heartfelt thank you to the market traders who kindly organised this event to fundraise for such a worthy cause."

A spokesperson for Stevenage Borough Council (SBC) said: "The traders at the Indoor Market would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved and were overwhelmed by the support in helping them to raise an astonishing £750 for Breast Cancer Now which has been donated to a fantastic cause."

A new group has recently been formed to work on behalf of traders and customers at the indoor market, replacing a previous group 

In previous years, the market had a committee which organised events but this had become inactive.

Now, a new group has been formed to work on behalf of traders and customers. They will be working alongside SBC's Market and Town Centre Management Team to run more events and - hopefully - increase footfall in the market.

A number of further events are already planned, including:

  • An event marking the 50th anniversary of the market on, Saturday, December 9
  • A Macmillan coffee morning on Saturday, September 30
  • A craft and farmers market on Saturday, October 7
  • A 'Spooktacular' Halloween event on Saturday, October 28