McFly star helps Martha launch fayre

IT'S not everyday that a pop star launches a small Christmas fayre, but that's what happened in one Suffolk village.

Hollie-Rae Merrick

IT'S not everyday that a pop star launches a small Christmas fayre, but that's what happened in one Suffolk village.

Harry Judd, the drummer in chart topping pop band McFly, joined seven-year-old Martha Evans to help launch the Kersey Christmas Fayre.

Martha, who used to live in Kersey and is currently battling leukaemia, was thrilled that the McFly star was there to help kick start the celebrations.

Pop star Harry said: “I am delighted to help support the Kersey Christmas Fayre.

“Having seen the work of the Trust at first hand, I know that it has an incredibly positive impact on the lives of teenagers and young adults with cancer.”

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Martha, who attends Hintlesham and Chattisham school, was diagnosed with leukaemia just before she turned three-years-old and after having three years of treatment is now in remission.

Angela Evans, Martha's mother, said: “She was so excited because she didn't know that Harry was coming.

“Since completing her treatment Martha is now able to enjoy life and school and everything that a seven-year-old is meant to enjoy.

“She was very brave and she never complained during her treatment. She felt secure having her family around her.”

The annual fayre will give visitors the opportunity to find high quality and unusual gifts for Christmas and to sample delicious festive foods.

At the request of Martha's parents proceeds will be donated to St Mary's Church in Kersey and the Teenage Cancer Trust, who aim to improve the lives of young adults with cancer.

Kersey Christmas Fayre will take place on November 28 from 10.30am - 4pm at St Mary's Church in Kersey.

There will be a Preview Night on November 27 where visitors can shop while listening to carol singers.

For more information on the Teenage Cancer Trust visit www.teenagecancertrust.org

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