First ever Mid Ulster ‘Mums Market’

Naomi Palmer (Organiser) with her son Noah along with Catherine Elattar, Chairperson of Magherafelt District Council and Gillian Breen, TinyLife Community Fundraiser. INTT2713-063X(2)

Naomi Palmer (Organiser) with her son Noah along with Catherine Elattar, Chairperson of Magherafelt District Council and Gillian Breen, TinyLife Community Fundraiser. INTT2713-063X(2)

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WANT to grab yourself a bargain, make some money, support a local charity and protect your environment all in one go?

Then why don’t you come along to the first ever Mid Ulster Mums Market to be held at Meadowbank Sports Arena in Magherafelt, from 10am – 2pm this Saturday 29 June.

Conceived by local mum Naomi Palmer, who created the Mid Ulster Mums Facebook site, and supported by Magherafelt District Council, the market will be an ideal chance to buy and sell pre-loved and new baby and childrens items, such as prams, buggies, cots, toys and much more.

All proceeds from the event will go to the premature baby charity, TinyLife.

Originally conceived as a market for the resale and reuse of pre-loved baby and children’s items, the market has developed into much more with arts and crafts, children’s entertainment, recycling games, junk art workshops and demonstrations on a wide range of activities from how to keep fit with your pram to baby sign language.

John Murtagh, Environmental Projects Officer for Magherafelt District Council, explained why the council was happy to support the event.

“Magherafelt District Council has the highest recycling rate in Northern Ireland and that in itself is brilliant,” says John, “ but the Council recognises the importance of promoting waste reduction and reuse and the Mid Ulster Mums Market was an ideal opportunity.

“Every day we see baby and children’s items that could have been reused going through our recycling centres. Hopefully the Mums Market will be the first step in getting these reused.”

TinyLife is Northern Ireland’s only premature baby charity.

Its Community Fundraiser, Gillian Breen, says: “It’s thanks to the support that we get from local people, through events like this, that we can continue to provide these services.”

For more information on the Mid Ulster Mums Market, or to book a table for selling, go to the Mid Ulster Mums Facebook page or contact Naomi Palmer on midulstermums@gmail.com or tel: 07595 345 746. Entry fee £1 per adult (children FREE) and tables for selling £10.