MARKET traders in Leigh have joined forces to raise money for a children's charity.

Stalls will be selling a range of knitted items until March 31 such as toys, blankets and clothes to raise funds for the Childhood Tumour Trust.

There will be a number of raffles taking place in that time with a knitted Father Christmas currently on offer for people who purchase a ticket at the market's Cafe Central.

Childhood Tumour Trust provides help and support for children and young people diagnosed with neurofibromatosis type one (NF1) and their families.

One of the five trustees, Dawn Groves, from Leigh, has a seven-year-old son called Jacob who has the condition, which causes tumours to grow in the nervous system and affects one in every 3,000 people.

Dawn is also hoping to organise an event next May to mark the awareness day with a party and is looking for a room disabled friendly venue for children with the condition and their siblings.

If you are able to help Dawn with finding a room e-mail her at

Newton-le-Willows Blinds and Curtains' Lynn Gibson is also inviting knitters to donate items to the stalls for them to sell to generate funds for the charity.

To contact Lynn about it 07795 804794.