Fair profit to good causes

Profit from a Save the Children Fair in Stoke will go towards families hit by conflict in Syria and natural disaster in the Philippines.

People lined up outside the Stoke Memorial Hall well before the fair's start time of 9am on Saturday and they continued to stream in until the fair closed at 12pm.

"[The hall] was really full for at least two hours," said fair organiser Isabelle Jones.

She said the event would not have been possible without the help of around 60 volunteers.

A total of $8362 was raised, and the profit will be sent to benefit Syrian children and their families who have been forced to flee their home country for Lebanon due to ongoing conflict, and to Filipino families who are struggling to put their lives back together after November's Typhoon Haiyan.

Jones said fresh produce donated by local growers was a popular choice at the fair, as was the home baking.

"We had all sorts, really.

"It's hard to differentiate."