The Old Market's 'Reigning Women' Fundraising Efforts Raise over £1000

The Old Market are excited to announce that they have managed to raise a fantastic £1,057 for Brighton Women’s Centre, who have been supporting self-identifying women in Sussex for over 40 years. They help women from all backgrounds, facing all kinds of issues, to live happier lives.

The Old Market are excited to announce that they have managed to raise a fantastic £1,057 for Brighton Women’s Centre

Back in March, we reported on The Old Market's 'Reigning Women' programme put some of the country's most talented women on centre stage, with the end of season coinciding with International Women's Day.

Alongside their outstanding programme of events and performances, The Old Market collaborated with Brighton Women's Centre to produce charity tote bags, filled with goodies contributed by a number of local and national companies, including The Body Shop, Lewes Football Club, Choc-Chick, Brighton Gin, Cult Hero and Infinity Foods. The bags were available to visitors of all the ‘Reigning Women’ events by donation.

Mark Gordon, Marketing Manager for The Old Market said they were 'beyond delighted to have raised so much money for Brighton Women’s Centre. The work they do for our community is immeasurable. A massive thank you must go out to all of the artists who performed during the season, the volunteers and staff at Brighton Women’s Centre and The Old Market, but most importantly, a big thank you to everyone who visited and donated.'

Lisa Dando, Director of Brighton Women’s Centre, said that the Brighton Women’s Centre was 'overwhelmed by the amount of money raised by The Old Market and the artists who supported the Reigning Women season. We are especially delighted to have come together as part of our International Women’s Day celebrations to mark gender equality. Brighton Women’s Centre is very dependent on the good will and generosity of our local community and we are delighted that visitors to TOM have supported us in this way.'

The ‘Reigning Women’ season at The Old Market ran throughout February and March, and featured performers including Rachel Parris, Dolly Alderton, Kiri Pritchard-McLean, The Hiccup Project, Jessie Cave, Koko Brown and Rosy Carrick. We're delighted to hear that the season will return in Spring 2020.

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