MORE than 2,500 people got into the Christmas spirit this month at the annual Wirral Bazaar fundraiser in aid of North West Cancer Research. The two-day event at the Walled Garden Marquee in the grounds of Thornton Manor, raised £34,000 which will support funding for life-saving cancer research projects in Merseyside and Cheshire. The bazaar included a selection of more than 60 handpicked stalls, featuring unique and beautiful Christmas gifts not found on the high street, each donating 10% of their takings. Visitors were also able to sip on prosecco, enjoy traditional carols from the SingMe Merseyside Choir, as they made their way round the marquee. Chair of the Wirral Bazaar committee, Jennie Corlett, said: “We are absolutely delighted with this year’s result, it has been the best event the Wirral Bazaar have done. People were queuing up before we opened and we are absolutely thrilled with the number of visitors who came over the two days. “It really felt like the start of Christmas, with the fabulous SingMe Merseyside Choir, singing carols and prosecco flowing – it was a great atmosphere. The committee have worked really hard over the year to make all this possible and the help we received from volunteers on the day was exceptional. “I would also like to give special thanks to our key sponsors Investec, Jackson-Stops & Staff, Chester, Mitchell Group and Cammell Laird. “This is a very special event. It is a Christmas tradition in many people’s calendars and it’s wonderful to see the Bazaar going from strength to strength every year – but we really would not be able to do any of it without our lovely helpers.” The committee behind the event is made up of Wirral residents Jennie Corlett, Alison Tongue, Kirsty O’Carroll, Carolyn Tallents, Ruth Walker, Ann Wild, Catherine Sandow and Kate Willliams. Over the past 26 years the Wirral Bazaar event has raised around £324,000 for North West Cancer Research. Money raised has helped to fund projects such as those looking at the advantages of proton beam therapies in head and neck cancer treatment, the development of effective skin cancer drugs and a first ever clinical trial for patients with bile duct cancer. Nigel Lanceley, chairman North West Cancer Research, said: “Thanks to the hard work and tenacity of this group of volunteers, the Wirral Bazaar has become one of the best loved and most anticipated events of the festive calendar. It just keeps on growing every year and to see 2,500 people turn up this year is just astounding. “On behalf of everyone here at North West Cancer Research, I would like to thank the Wirral Bazaar Committee for its support over the last 26 years, which has helped raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for potentially life-saving cancer research. “As a charity, we rely heavily on the work of our volunteers and community fundraising events like this account for a significant proportion of our income. Without them, we would not be able to continue to commit to funding the best research locally.” North West Cancer Research has committed to funding more than £13million worth of cancer research across the North West and North Wales over the next five years.