Fundraiser for damaged market reaches over £6,000 in first day

A fundraiser for Granby market has reached over £6000 of its £30,000 target in 24 hours after members of the community pitched in to replace items destroyed in a fire last week.

Earlier this month ECHO reported how a fire which was started between the two containers housing the market equipment left organisers 'in tears' after much of it was 'melted' and left damaged beyond repair.

There was outrage at the news on social media with members of the local community vowing to "pull together" to help the popular community market, which is usually held monthly in Toxteth but has been on hold in recent months due to coronavirus, to replace the damaged and destroyed equipment.

A crowdfunder was launched yesterday, Thursday 10 September, and has already attracted over 200 separate donations.

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On the Gofundme page created by Granby Market, organisers said: "We‘re Granby Street Market, Liverpool's most original and friendly community market, run entirely by volunteers and we need your help.

"At the beginning of September, a fire destroyed nearly all of our market equipment. So now we need to replace all of our gazebos, tables, chairs and even our sound equipment to get the market going again. The whole lot is going to cost us close to £30,000.

The organisers added: "Granby Street Market opened in 2010 with a handful of tables outside residents’ houses on Cairns Street, and now we fill the Princes Avenue end of Granby Street on the first Saturday of the month with up to 85 traders selling foods, art, jewellery, bric-a-brac, crafts, tools and almost anything else you can imagine.

"A place to get your bike fixed, grab a bite, listen to the drums, music, watch live performances, poetry and so much more.

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"And the market’s always been a place for friends to meet and catch-up as well. In fact, that’s one of the reasons why we started organising it in the first place. Somewhere for communities – old and new – to get together.

"We’ve all missed it during the lockdown months and can’t wait till we can start up again."

Organisers say the money will go to replace the colourful gazebos which are the hallmark of Granby market and will cost £30,000 to replace.

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Dozens of tables and chairs, a PA system, trolleys and rails are also among the items organisers hope to replace with the crowdfunder.

Stallholders also shared what the market meant to them, including Louise, who runs Habibti Liverpool, a stall which raises funds for a children's hospital in Yemen said: "We were heartbroken when we heard about the damage done to the market gazebos and other equipment.

"The market is much more than just a market. It's quirky, diverse and reflects the community where it is based.

"We're all missing the market very much, the hustle and bustle, the friends and acquaintances, we always have a great laugh, always eat several veg samosas each and stand out in any weather.

Greg, who runs a stall with his wife selling Caribbean food said: "Come rain or shine, it is vibrant and alive. Granby Street Market is where we belong and feel at home as part of the community."

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