A SHOPPING fayre and lunch raised an impressive £5,100 for our One in Eight Haven appeal, taking us up and over the £30,000 initial target.

As announced in the Hereford Times last week, we are now aiming to raise £60,000 for the Hereford Haven, a breast cancer support centre in St Owen Street.

The support from our readers has been so overwhelming that we are pushing forward to raise another £30,000 to provide Haven with a nurse for at least another year.

And a fundraising fayre at Flanesford Priory in Goodrich on September 29, organised by Janet Hutchings and Izzie Roper, raised £5,100 taking the appeal above £30,000.

There were 20 shopping stalls and guests also enjoyed a two course lunch with a glass of wine.

Frankie Devereux, fundraising manager at The Haven, said: "I am delighted that the Flanesford Fayre raised such a fantastic sum and would like to thank both Janet Hutchings and Izzie Roper for organising it along with the kind sponsors and the brilliant staff who worked so hard to make it such a great event.

"We are thrilled to have hit the initial one in eight target and hope to be advertising the new Haven nurse post before Christmas.

"It is all thanks to the generous readers of The Hereford Times that we can continue providing such high levels of care and support to anyone affected by breast cancer.”

The Haven receives no government funding and provides emotional and physical support free of charge to women with or recovering from breast cancer.

The number of visitors to the Hereford Haven rises every year.

One in eight women in Herefordshire can now expect to be affected by breast cancer at some point in their lives.