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A FAIR held in a charity supporter’s home has raised more than £1,500 to help fight a killer condition.

Joan Allday, of Locks Heath, ran a Christmas fair in her home, in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. The fete saw Mrs Allday’s home taken over by an array of Christmas gifts for two days last week.

Secretary of the Portsmouth branch Sue Kruk said: ‘Joan has been at the centre of activities in the Portsmouth branch, which covers a very wide area, since she moved to the region from Canada.

‘Her first Christmas fair in England was in 1969 and she has supported the trust throughout the years by cooking, knitting, running a charity shop, organising events and hosting informal support meetings.

‘She is tireless and she is greatly appreciated by the other members of the branch, who queued up for their cakes and pickled onions at Joan’s fair, to celebrate Christmas.’

The two-day event raised £1,501 for the trust. Mrs Allday is now planning her next fundraiser – a vintage tea party for next summer.