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Sixpenny Handley craft market will help little Arthur saddle up

By jspiteri  |  Posted: May 15, 2014

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A craft and market day being held at Sixpenny Handley on Saturday 24th May will help raise funds for a riding saddle for a little boy who has cerebral palsy.

Three year old Arthur Jones, a well-known character in the village who has already appeared on the BBC’s Countryfile, was born prematurely weighing 3lb 4oz and had to fight hard to survive, spending nearly two months in hospital. At six months of age he was diagnosed with diplegia, a form of cerebral palsy which affects his lower limbs and balance.

Arthur has a very special pet sheep called ‘Twinkle’ who helped the little lad take his first steps in September last year. Arthur has his own small flock of sheep and, at just three, is the youngest member of the Poll Dorset Society.

Arthur’s other love is his pony "Tinto" and, as riding is one of the best activities which can help Arthur, he now needs a saddle that has to be hand made to his own requirements. To raise the £500 needed for the saddle a series of events have been organised with £180 already raised from two previous events, the craft and market day this month and another event planned for 27th July.

The craft and market day, which takes place between 11am and 4.30pm, will offer refreshments throughout the day and the campsite and village have some enjoyable walks, a lovely church and interesting small shops.

Stalls already booked for the market include plants (veg and flowers), filled baskets and pots, honey, homemade jams and marmalade, free range eggs, dressed dolls, beautiful hand beaded jewellery, handmade cards, wood turning, pomanders and sweets.

Stallholders will be charged £10 for an table (contact Sylvia on 01725517427 for bookings). All table fees, as well as money from the tombola, will be donated to Arthur’s fund.

It is hoped that Arthur will be making appearances on the day and, as anyone who has met him will know, he is very happy little boy who always has a smile for everyone.

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