Happy 40th Anniversaries: Lincoln Christmas Market chooses St Barnabas as Charity Partner

7th November 2022

Two women wearing clinical scrubs in purple and blue, and festive reindeer antlers and Christmas hat, standing in stairway

St Barnabas Hospice are delighted to have been chosen by City of Lincoln Council to be the Lincoln Christmas Market’s very first Charity Partner. Both organisations are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year and have been highly regarded and much loved by the local communities for all those years.

Taking place from Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th December in the beautiful and historic Bailgate area, the Lincoln Christmas Market welcomes hundreds of thousands visitors every year and is one of the most loved events in Lincolnshire.

St Barnabas will be in attendance, occupying a traditional wooden cabin by the Lincoln Cathedral where the charity will have their annual Tree of Life on full display. The Tree of Life is part of the Hospice’s Light Up a Life campaign, which sees families and friends join together to remember loved ones they have lost. The charity’s Torchlight Procession will take place a week before the Christmas Market on 22nd November.

The Hospice is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and are proud to help over 12,000 people across Lincolnshire each year by providing free, compassionate, dignified palliative and end-of-life care, as well as wellbeing services such as bereavement support, counselling, and welfare and benefits advice.

Veronica McBain, Head of Fundraising and Lottery at St Barnabas says: “It is serendipitous that both St Barnabas and the Lincoln Christmas Market are celebrating a 40th anniversary this year.

Christmas themed hamper with bottles of drink, Christmas cards, coffee bag and more

“We will be selling a selection of amazing items including our special anniversary Est.1982 Ruby Gin and Ruby Rum created by Pin Gin, our bespoke Ruby Coffee blend by The Lincoln Tea & Coffee Company, a range of Christmas cards, baubles, tickets to the special Morriston Choir concert at the Cathedral in March, and much more. We will also gratefully accept any donations through our bucket collection.

“We sincerely thank the City of Lincoln Council for choosing us, it means the world to us to have the support of the Council and local communities. We look forward to an extra special Christmas Market and hope to see many of our supporters there.”

Cllr Neil Murray, Portfolio Holder for Inclusive Economic Growth at City of Lincoln Council added: “It is an incredible special year for us at the Lincoln Christmas Market and we are proud to welcome St Barnabas as our first Christmas Market Charity Partner as we both celebrate 40 years.

“Lincoln Christmas Market started with just 11 stalls and is now a very well recognised event not only across the county but the country.

“To celebrate 40 years, we have a host of new elements to the market, including a new stage area, a special opening ceremony at Noon on the first day of the market and of course, our first charity partnership.

“I look forward to welcoming visitors to what we hope will be the best Christmas market yet.”

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