Fifth Trust News


Craft fair proves a hit

08 December 2021

The Fifth Trust Christmas craft fair was a great success, making an incredible £10,300.

All profits from last Saturday’s event will help support and enhance the opportunities we offer to the 150 adults with learning disabilities who attend our two skills centres every week.

As well as being our major fundraising event of the year, the craft fair at the Elham Valley Vineyard also acts as a showcase for the creative work our students design and make in art, pottery, print, woodwork and craft sessions.

Visitors took the opportunity to stock up on students’ Christmas cards and wrapping paper, decorations, unique gifts, jams and chutneys. Real Christmas trees and door wreaths fairly flew out of the garden centre, and sales of Elham Valley Vineyard sparkling and still wine were also brisk.

Carols sung and played by Canterbury Christ Church University Music Society and some lovely winter sunshine helped create a fittingly festive mood.

The Fifth Trust CEO Nikki Marley said: “It was wonderful to welcome so many visitors old and new to the Vineyard. We are delighted with the total raised, which is testament to the hard work of all our staff in the weeks and months leading up to the craft fair and the amazing talents of our students.

“As with the money we make throughout the year at our garden centre and café, all the craft fair proceeds will be invested in our day care services, providing our students with the best possible experience.”

Students’ work – including ceramic Christmas decorations, cards, gift wrap and wooden reindeer – is still available to buy at the Vineyard garden centre and café.