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A VILLAGE Christmas card market raised over £3,000 for charity.

The Swanmore market, held at the Paterson Centre, took £3,100 in two hours.

Nearly two dozen charities had stalls at the event including the Rowans Hospice, the Air Ambulance, the British Heart Foundation and Macmillan Cancer Research.

The proceeds of the raffle and profits from the refreshments, £270, went to the nominated charity of the year, Diabetes Research.

Swanmore resident Heather Short has organised the annual market for more than 22 years.

Mrs Short said: ‘The secret of the success of the market is having lots of people who want to get involved. They enjoy doing something that helps lots of charities.

‘I ask people to donate just one or two hours of their time, they make coffee or mince pies or help take the money and they generally enjoy it.’

Mrs Short is already busy planning next year’s market, to be held on Saturday, November 2. To get involved call 0189 892835.