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Call goes out on crafty Alness fundraiser set to boost local lifeline CAB service

By Hector MacKenzie

Cairine MacIver (money & project worker), Gloria Mackenzie (volunteer fundraiser), Mary Macdonald(area manager) and Martin Rattray (housing worker).
Cairine MacIver (money & project worker), Gloria Mackenzie (volunteer fundraiser), Mary Macdonald(area manager) and Martin Rattray (housing worker).

CREATIVES keen to showcase their wares at a popular Easter Ross craft fair are being invited to state an interest now.

The Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) annual craft fair in the Averon Centre in Alness typically attracts 1000 visitors and over 100 exhibitors and provides a much-needed boost to the lifeline advice service.

All proceeds from the event go to the Ross & Cromarty Citizens Advice Bureau in order to better their key services and continue their work to improve the lives of individuals in the area who have nowhere else to go.

The Citizens Advice Bureau is an active hub in the community run mostly by volunteers who sacrifice their time to give a helping hand to those who need it.

Mary Macdonald, CAB area manager, said: "The proceeds from the event really help us to continue our work in the community and extend our services to help more individuals in need. The event brings the people of Ross-shire and beyond together to support the CAB whilst enjoying a fun family day out."

Exhibitor registration is now open and festival organisers are calling for makers and artists to showcase their work on the day.

The luxury knitting company Toft conducted a recent survey into the benefits of crafting on our health. Their findings concluded that it alleviates stress, anxiety and depression. These life improving qualities have a direct link to the incredible work that the Ross & Cromarty CAB do in the area in terms of providing help to those who need it most.

CAB opened over 40 years ago and have continued to strive towards their goal of providing free, confidential and impartial advice and assistance to citizens of the Ross & Cromarty area.

However, in order to continue to provide these crucial services to the community they are calling for support at their annual fundraising event.

Individuals interested in being involved are asked to get in touch with the CAB at events@alnesscab.casonline.org.uk.

For more information on the event, get in touch with the Ross & Cromarty CAB office in Alness. Tickets are £2 on the door, and kids go free

The event itself is on Saturday, October 26.

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