THE plight of the people of Ukraine spurred Leigh woman Kate Keeble into wanting to help so much, she has rallied her craft making friends and popular musicians in a bid to hold a fundraising event.

Titled Community Crafternoon, the event will not only see stalls selling everything from jewellery to soaps, but our homegrown X Factor favourite Matt Linnen will be making an appearance, along with Leigh based Irish duo Love Won't Be Long.

Kate said: "We’re raising money for Care4Calais, an organisation I volunteer with. It is a volunteer-run charity delivering essential aid to people fleeing war or torture, who are often lacking in the basics such as shoes, coats, and food.

"I find it very hard to sit at home doing nothing, knowing that there are people in dire situations such as fleeing persecution.

"Care4Calais is a fabulous group of people who give up their free time and skills to empower others.

"It would be great to get as much money in as possible for Care4Calais. This could provide bedding, shoes, and toys for young children."

She added: "I’m also part of a small crafting group.

"We meet once a month on a Wednesday to create and spend time on passion projects.

"A few of us got to talking about the state of things and wanted to do something to help.

"This is a one-off fundraising event."

Community Crafternoon will take place at The Fishermen’s Chapel on Sunday 22nd May 22, from 11am - 3pm.

Kate said: "We have some fabulous stalls such as Seaside Treasures who make beautiful jewellery from beach finds; Faith, Soap and Love selling beautiful smelling cold press soaps; we’ll be serenaded by some of Leigh’s favourite musicians, there’ll be macrame and craft lessons, and all of the tea and cake!

"Money will be raised via a donation for entry on the door, a 'go fund me' link at ' Fundraiser by Kate K : Community Crafternoon ( ' for people who are unable to attend, and through cake sales.

"But we would love people to join us for some beautiful crafting, to shop at some fabulous stalls, have a hot cuppa and a slice of cake, all while being serenaded by local musicians.

"Care4Calais are also looking for more volunteers, and people can find out more at"