BIG-HEARTED Mexborough Market Traders are offering charities a stall for FREE... despite facing huge rent hikes which they fear may force them out of business.
Stallholders are offering charities the chance to have an outdoor stall for a day at no cost – as part of a new scheme called Charity Market.
The offer is open to any good causes, including, fund raising groups, churches and schools.
The free stall will be available on the first Wednesday of each month, starting on July 6 and running up to November 2.
Charities will be able to vie for it by contacting the market office.
The offer comes as indoor market traders are facing a Doncaster Council-imposed rent hike of 500 per cent.
Traders currently pay as little as £15.72 per week for a single unit, but this will rise to nearly £40 in three years’ time.
For some, this means a jump from just over £800 per year to around £4,100 for one unit.
Doncaster’s elected Mayor, Peter Davies, has defended the decision by stating the rents have not gone up for 15 years and the council could not continue subsidising rates.
Traders’ spokesman Gordon Smith maintained that stallholders still felt a duty to help charities, despite facing financial upheaval.
He said: “We are all facing hard times, charities included. The market has always been a big supporter of local charities, and they need our help more than ever. They will get a stall for free for one day.
This will be a chance for them to sell items to raise money and to give information out about their charity.”
A number of charities have already registered their interest and stalls will be allocated on a first come basis.
Anyone interested is asked to contact the indoor market office.