An Ellesmere fashion retailer is so delighted with the success of her 2nd charity fund-raising evening that it looks like becoming an annual event.

Ismay Evans, who runs a shop in the town’s High Street, raised more than £2,200 to provide help and support for women affected by breast cancer – a disease from which she has made a good recovery following a mastectomy last year.

About 200 people packed Ellesmere Town Hall for the summer shopping event which featured 20 craft stalls and a special display offering advice and information about the disease.

It was the second successive year that Ismay has organised the event in aid of the charity Breast Cancer Now.

“The turnout was amazing,” she said. “I can’t thank people enough for all the support I’ve had – from the people who bought tickets, and the small  team of volunteers who gave me so much help, to the stall-holders who offered such a range of lovely things to buy, and also  other local businesses who donated vouchers and other  prizes for the raffle.   In total, we had more than seventy prizes for the draw, thanks to the kindness and generosity of so many people.  I also want to thank Ellesmere Rotary Club who gave me a cheque for £100.”

“Some stall-holders have already asked if they can come back next year, so it looks like it’s going to be an annual event and I’ll soon have get busy and start making arrangements”

“It’s for such a worthwhile cause that’s touched me personally, and I really want to  continue giving something back  as a thank-you for the support I received when I became ill with breast cancer.”

Ismay with her ‘personal assistant’ , Doorstep Dolly, which she uses  to display women’s fashions outside her shop in Ellesmere High Street.

Hunting for bargains – some of the shoppers who attended the charity event at Ellesmere Town Hall