A charitable St Andrews monthly market set up last year which has already raised more than £1,000 for local charities while supporting makers, bakers and artists is seeking more North-East Fife charities to donate to.
Rose & Thistle Markets, which is set to have its next market at Holy Trinity Church Hall on April 9, was started last October by American maker and mum-of-three Ellie Buck with other members of the Fair Ladies of St Andrews group as a way of supporting and encouraging other local makers while also benefitting a local good cause.
The first two markets, held as Fair Ladies charity events, gave all £950 of their proceeds to Family First and Storehouse Foodbank and were so successfully Ellie decided they should continue as a monthly event donating 10-20% of its table revenue plus any donations.
Monthly market continued fundraising
So she set up Rose & Thistle Markets, which held its first two events on February 12 and March 12, collecting £168 plus non-perishable food and warm clothing donations for New Hope Community House Fife, Glenrothes and £65 plus door donations for Home Start East Fife, St Andrews.
The next monthly market, on April 9, will be in aid of Storehouse Foodbank, St Andrews. For after that the community event is looking for other charities helping local people where its customers and makers come from – within 30 miles of St Andrews – to support in future markets, which take place each second Saturday from 10am to 3pm.
The free-entry event, which features makers – from wood turners and candlemakers to crocheters – bakers and artists of all kinds paying £30 per table to take part, also supports other local good causes through a raffle at its Christmas market and free tables each month – one for a new maker and another for a community fundraiser. This month the maker will be children’s costumes and clothes designer Cora Stitch and the fundraiser Beth Harvey, who’s raising cash to pay for attending the World Scout Jamboree in Korea next year.
As well as cash, the event accepts food and clothing at the entrance, where representatives of the month’s chosen charity are on hand to talk about their work and accept donations. Between markets, it also spotlights new makers, community fundraisers and the sponsored charity on its Facebook and Instagram pages.
Given the huge influx of visitors expected for 150th Open, the market has an extra event planned for July 16.
Founding Director, Ellie Buck said: “When I conceived this event, I wanted it to be not just another maker’s market, but one to make the world better one market at a time while supporting the family of makers.
“We’re interested in supporting any and all charities within the communities where most of our customers and makers come from – north-east and mid-Fife. We’re also actively looking at including makers and charities from Dundee as some of our customers and makers come from there.”
For more about Rose & Thistle Markets, go to its Facebook page @roseandthistlemarkets