At every LSM event we donate a pitch to a charity that benefits from the proceeds of a tombola.

The idea came to mind after the October weekend when Fran did her diabetes based one. So we love to do this at each event and ask for all your support.

We ask that all traders donate a little something each for each fundraiser please; make sure you have a tag or business card attached to your donation so people can see who made it.

Current running total is £3,159.74 (the odd figure is because of random donations and merchandise such as pens, key rings, badges etc being sold by the charities as well). Si's special edition mini medals released at Middleton in 2016 for the Mercury Phoenix Trust continue to sell at events so £2 from each sale goes over to them on a regular basis and is included in the updated total shown. They are also on his eBay shop (go to

 and look for Mercury Phoenix Trust) where they sell for £6.50 and £2.27 goes directly to them from each sale.


March 2018 LSM (Leeds Industrial Museum, Armley)

Dementia Friendly Keighley is a local cause based where we live.

Dementia Friendly Communities are where residents have awareness of issues which might affect people living with dementia. Business owners have increased knowledge and take necessary actions to ensure that people living with dementia remain independent for as long as possible. A dementia-friendly community recognizes that dementia is a disease that touches many lives. A dementia-friendly community implements coordinated, ongoing, community-based solutions to help people with memory loss feel safe.

May 2018 BSM (Bradford Industrial Museum)

Specialist Autism Services (formally known as Sacar) was established in 1999 in Bradford due to increasing demands from parents/carers of people with autism. They are a non-profit organisation that works for and with adults on the autism spectrum across Yorkshire, spreading autism awareness nationally. They make a positive difference to the lives of our members and through person-centred support we create opportunities for people to build confidence, develop social skills, increase independence and fulfil their potential.

July 2018 LSM (Middleton Railway)

September 2018 LSM (Leeds Industrial Museum, Armley)

 Middleton Railway will be running the fundraising tombola to raise much needed funds as they had vandals break in and cause damage at the end of last year. It costs around £30,000 to overhaul each loco so this is more costs to try to cover.

The Middleton Railway is the world’s oldest working railway running steam and diesel trains from Moor Road to Middleton Park and is run entirely by volunteers.

December 2018 BSM (Bradford Industrial Museum)



We mainly support causes that don't get help from anywhere (such as government funding or from the National Lottery) although we occasionally contact a larger cause if it fits in with the theme of a particular event or has a personal connection to us or one of our traders or visitors.

We have found local causes fund raising in a shopping centre or at an exhibition that we have invited.

If you have a charity in mind you would like to suggest, initial interest may be started either in person at one of our events or through social media. Either way, we must have direct contact with the named charity in order to confirm attendance and all details by email to be able to track communication at all times. Please ensure you do follow up either of these forms of contact immediately with an email as

a) social media is not a reliable means of communication - messages cannot be filed like emails to be able to find stuff you want easily.

b) talking to me at an event is one thing but do you have any idea how many plates I am spinning at once?! At the end of the weekend I will be so wiped out, any conversations will be lost from my memory unless you email me straight away.

Take a look at the list of events above and see which ones have nothing written in - this means we have nothing lined up - if it says To Be Confirmed then it means we are waiting for confirmation from an interested party. If you have a particular date you are looking at then you must confirm by email as soon as you know if you have a team to cover it. If we do not hear back from you for weeks or months then you do risk someone else getting that slot as we will assume you are no longer interested.

Anyone who is not a trader that has nominated a cause needs to either be at the event to co-ordinate their volunteers to run the table for the weekend or have someone there to do it for them. Ideally, we would prefer to have people from the charity there in person.

Due to data protection, if doing a raffle you are not allowed to take people's phone numbers - people would need to be present at the time of the draw. This would seriously impact on the amount raised so instead  it is always done as a tombola. Plus doing a raffle takes all the customers away from all the traders (who have paid for their pitches) so is a bit unfair on them - also you are invariably left with a load of uncollected prizes to sort out. Too much hassle - tombola is what it needs to be and it also raises more money than a raffle anyway!


So if you are a charitable association that would like to come along and raise money and awareness, please email

Please copy and paste the checklist into your email filling in the replies needed. If I have got in touch with you (the charity) first, I'll still need this filling in. If you choose to fill this in and attach it to your email as a document, please save it as a Word document not a pdf so that it is easier for me to add the information to my spreadsheet. See the notes further down relating to any marked with *.

Your name:

Your company name:

What you do:


Facebook profile name and url: (Go to your own profile and enter what is in the address bar, it will start with

Facebook page url: (Go to your own business page and enter what is in the address bar, it will start with

At least one other email address as a backup to the one already used:

Mobile number (for my use only not public):

Landline if you have one:

Which weekend are you hoping to do? (Must be both days)

2nd/3rd choice of weekend:

Can you supply your own table?* (Don't forget to bring a nice cloth to cover your table with):

Are you bringing anything else such as a rail (size needed)?

Do you need access to power? If yes, what electrical items are you planning to use?

Do you or any of your team have mobility or health problems we need to be aware of (when laying out the floor plan)?**

Have you attached your proof of PLI (and any other certificates required) onto this email? yes/no***


*Really helpful if you do have your own table as venues may not supply enough for all traders. Only exception to this is at Bradford Industrial - they have none whatsoever so we have to pay to hire them all in. It makes it far easier for us that way so you may not need to bring yours. On other events do advise if yours is not 2' x 6'. Please check pitch details further down on the relevant event in regards to how pitches are laid out to see what size pitch you need. Some venues supply metric sized tables which give the same footprint as a 6 x 2. **In regards to health, we don't just mean mobility problems - some of our venues have working machinery where it may affect things like asthma.

***The only reason for replying "no" to previous question is because you've not got it yet and getting it started closer to the date of the event as new trader.

****Send either the original downloaded document the insurers sent you. If not scan it in and send as an attachment. If you are taking a photo please ensure you have a large size/resolution so that I can zoom in on it and read it! Then attach it to the email. Most insurance companies will allow you to take out PLI (or renew it) and for it to be dated in advance commencing from the actual trading date to save you paying for dead time. PLEASE NOTE: All traders must be still trading right up to the end (5pm) to allow for customers coming late in the day (i.e. at 4pm). It is also an opportune time for the traders themselves to have a wander and spend their own money. There is to be no starting to pack up early unless either Si or I come round to say so. I have even been known to be racing around with my camera half an hour before we close catching pics of traders!

More useful info can be found on here, hover over the "Everything for traders" tab and click on the drop down menu.


You will be emailed out the load in instructions a few days before the event.

From this point you will be considered as one of the traders and treated accordingly. By this I mean held to the same standards in regards to communication, etc.


You need a minimum of two volunteers there each day. Ideally have more in case one of you is taken sick.

Be there from 8.30-9am ish if we open at 10 each day. On the events that are 11-5, you can get there for about 9.30.

Go round and collect the donations from the traders on each morning of the event before we open - introduce yourself and be polite. Please be mindful of the fact these are traders who have worked hard on creating their stock and may not be able to afford to donate an expensive item. We ask that you be appreciative of what you have been given and not pressure them to give you a larger more costly item - this is considered extremely impolite. If they have higher priced stock they may have made a gift voucher as a prize for you to be used towards the purchase of one.  After all the traders have paid for their pitches and expect to make decent sales on the day.

Bear in mind there will only be about 30 - 50% of new people arriving Sunday to get prizes off - people doing both days only give you one prize for the weekend. Keep back about a third of the stuff you collect on the Saturday to use on the Sunday.

Running a table for the tombola (bring your own if you have one).

With one half of the numbers, pick out the ones ending in 5 and 0 and sellotape each number to each prize. The remaining ones from that set (ending in 1-4 and 6-9) go in the bin. Tip - count how many prizes you have, this is how many strips of numbers you need as raffle ticket books usually come as strips of 5.

Get the other half of all the tickets split up and folded and in a container ready, just go up to the number reached with the prizes.

Selling tickets to traders and public at 5 for £1, they then pick out from the tub at random and keep their fingers crossed.

Any prizes you have left over at the end (if you have any left!) are yours to take away with you for another fundraising event.



Book of raffle tickets


Container for putting tickets in.

A bin to put all the disposed of tickets in

Something to keep the money in.

A table of your own if you have one.

Any promotional materials (flyers, poster)

Credit on your phone in case you have any problems on your way and need to phone us.


If you don't feel comfortable taking the cash home with you at the end of the day, we can do that and arrange a bank transfer for you to the charity.

 After the event, we would appreciate some sort of certificate advising us of the amount you raised to be added to the gallery below.

Further information on fund raising in general can be found on this link:

Past events:

December 2017 LSM (Bradford Industrial Museum)

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance is an independent Charity providing a life saving rapid response emergency service to 5 million people across Yorkshire. They fly seven days a week, 365 days a year, covering a vast landscape that not only includes major cities and motor ways, but also rural and isolated locations. To keep providing this life saving service the Charity needs to raise £12,000 per day to keep both of Yorkshire’s Air Ambulances maintained and in the air. The generosity that they receive is the life blood of the Charity and with out this generosity, they would not be able to provide the service that they are so proud of.

We are delighted that through our event they were able to raise £298.82 from the tombola, merchandise sales and donations.

October 2017 LSM (Leeds Industrial Museum, Armley)

The Children’s Heart Surgery Fund is an award-winning charity based in Leeds, supporting the Leeds Congenital Hearts service – which serves the whole of Yorkshire, the Humber and North Lincolnshire. Our vision is for children to live life, beating heart disease, and our mission is to make the Leeds Congenital Hearts unit a world class centre of excellence by providing the funding and resources needed to care for a child’s heart, mind, family and future.

They did well on the Saturday raising £94 and ran out of prizes by mid afternoon. Unfortunately on the evening the manager was poorly leaving insufficient volunteers to cover the Sunday.

July 2017 LSM (Middleton Railway, Leeds)

This was due to be "Railway Children" which provide protections and opportunity for children with nowhere else to go and nobody to turn to. Unfortunately they could not be with us after all so Middleton Railway ran a fundraising tombola to raise much needed funds to keep their locos running. Apparently it costs around £30,000 to overhaul each one!

The Middleton Railway is the world’s oldest working railway running steam and diesel trains from Moor Road to Middleton Park and is run entirely by volunteers.

Figures through show the tombola raised £158 - many thanks to all the traders for their donations and to the visitors for spending money.

They had an additional just over £100 on donations on the door from around 200 visitors to the market. This was split as attendance of approximately 75 Saturday and 125 Sunday proving that Sunday was actually the busier day (there were certainly more steampunks!)

A total of 525 passengers (adults and kids) rode on the trains which was a significant increase on the 402 from last year.

May 2017 LSM (Abbey House, Kirkstall, Leeds)

St Gemma's Hospice are a Leeds-based charity providing expert care and support for local people with terminal illnesses. They offer specialist medical and nursing care to thousands of local people each year and offer invaluable support to their families and friends. Opened in 1978, they are the largest hospice in Yorkshire and one of the largest in England.

After being with us, their emails said "Thanks so much, the overall total raised was £172.75 which we’re really pleased about, especially since we didn’t quite have enough volunteers to cover the whole weekend. Please pass on our sincere thanks to everyone who was involved in raising these funds."

March 2017 LSM (Bradford Industrial Museum) - Yorkshire Cat Rescue

Yorkshire Cat Rescue - exists to save the lives of abandoned and unwanted cats and kittens in Yorkshire and parts of Lancashire. The charity’s aims are to relieve the suffering of cats who are in need of care and attention and, in particular, to provide or maintain rescue homes or other facilities for the reception and care of such unwanted animals and their treatment. Their head office emailed us with  "Just to let you know that Yorkshire Cat Rescue raised a total of £749.46, of that £201 was from the tombola.

And from what I have heard, all the volunteers had a great time and really enjoyed it!"

December Surgical Spirit (Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds) - SSAFA

They are the longest serving national tri-service military charity. For over 130 years, they have provided lifelong support to those who are serving or have ever served in our Armed Forces. Today nearly 2.6 million people living in the United Kingdom are estimated to have served in the Armed Forces at some point in their lives. Every year, around 20,000 servicemen and women leave the services and return to civilian life. That's why their work is so important. They believe that those who have served their country should get the best possible support when they need it.

As ex-service members ourselves, Si and I were more than happy to provide them with an opportunity to raise money and awareness. Through the tombola and donations they raised a wonderful sum of £239.13.

October LSM (Armley Mill, Leeds)

Delighted to announce that our charitable cause this weekend raised a total of £103.46 through their own merchandise sales (keyrings, pens, CDs etc), donations and the tombola with all the fabulous items that the traders gave.

Cloth Cat is a social enterprise and their main activities centre around a unique programme of FREE training in music based learning, run in partnership with the WEA. 

If you would like to volunteer with them please contact Mike Jolly either through Facebook or via the website.

Steampunks Under Pressure (July LSM at Middleton Light Railway) - The Mercury Phoenix Trust raised £318.79 from the tombola, donations, Queen merchandise and the proceeds from the special edition miniature medal made by Captain Cumberpatch's Curious Creations.

The Mercury Phoenix Trust was founded by Brian May, Roger Taylor and their manager Jim Beach in memory of rock band Queen’s iconic lead singer FREDDIE MERCURY who died in 1991 from AIDS. In the last 21 years the Trust has given away over 15 million dollars in his name and funded over 700 projects in the global battle against HIV/AIDS.

May LSM (Bagshaw Museum) - InTouch Foundation unfortunately had to pull out due to lack of volunteers for this weekend (students with exams being unavailable).  InTouch is a not for profit organisation and is a community based effort. They came round our streets during the flooding last December with a catering van making sure everyone had hot food and drinks and they also address the plight of the homeless. 

We will have them back at another event at some point in the future. Please support them through their website:

Instead our Beanmaster (Coffee Jousting Host - our very own real life vicar!) stepped in at short notice and ran a tombola in aid of Wharfedale Refugee Response and raised £100! 

Wharfedale Welcomes Refugees is a community group based in the villages of Burley-in-Wharfedale and Menston who want to work together to make a positive difference for refugees. 

March 2016 LSM (Bradford Industrial Museum) - Middleton Railway

The Middleton Railway is the world’s oldest working railway running steam and diesel trains from Moor Road to Middleton Park and is run entirely by volunteers. This is what they said of their time with us:

"Thanks for having us, we loved mingling and chatting to the 'punkers. Our members who saw your set up for the first time were most impressed and we took just over TWO HUNDRED pounds in donations and tombola. We also got some great ideas for your event in July...not least of all how to run the tea room! Thank you once again for your support and the generosity of your traders in their donations." (£203.13!!).

December LSM (Thackray) 

Buttercup Children’s Trust spent the weekend running a tombola and raised a phenomenal £180.  Thanks again to everyone who made it over through the terrible weather to support this event. 

October LSM at Armley Mill

Narcolepsy UK did brilliantly and raised a whopping £170! Many thanks to everyone involved with donations and buying tickets.

June LSM, Thwaite's Mill

Delighted that St Vincents Support Centre managed to raise £150.35 over this weekend with the raffle and selling St V pens, badges etc. Many thanks to all traders for their donations and customers for spending their money


March LSM, Armley

We decided to make this one for the Barn Owl Trust as a tribute to Rocky who sadly passed away early in the year. We raised £153 with the help of many people and animals. Many thanks to everyone who donated and bought tickets!

December 2014, Thackray

We raised £114. Many thanks to everyone who donated and bought tickets and especially to Emma Binns who did loads as I was on crutches with a fractured kneecap.

Rob Bracewell has a companion called Whoopie and he said "Whoopi is trained to help me in many physical tasks, from opening a door, operating a lift call button, to picking things up and putting them away. On top of this she can assist in removing clothing, bringing things like my walking stick and generally be a close and trusted companion who can tell when I'm ill."


October 2014, Armley organised by Fran.

"The response was amazing and following those contributions we raised a whopping £105.60p from ticket sales, to be split between the two charities.
The 2 charities are Bradford Royal Infirmary Diabetes and Endocrinology Unit, and Medical Detection Dogs."

The Mercury Phoenix Trust was founded by Brian May, Roger Taylor and their manager Jim Beach in memory of rock band Queen’s iconic lead singer FREDDIE MERCURY who died in 1991 from AIDS.

In the last 21 years the Trust has given away over 16 million dollars in his name and funded over 700 projects in the global battle against HIV/AIDS.

In July 2016, the charity was The Mercury Phoenix Trust. This is something very close to our hearts as we are both huge fans of Queen and 2016 was the 25th anniversary of Freddie Mercury's death so we wanted to do something special. The LSM event on this date was at Middleton Railway in Leeds so the steam trains tied in perfectly with the Breakthru video and so the event was named Steampunks Under Pressure. Si even shaved off most of his facial hair leaving just a tash to be "Freddie for a day".

Si made a special edition fund raising medal for this weekend.

The medal overall measures 20mm x 90mm and is for sale at events for £6 and online for £6.50 plus postage. £2 goes directly to the MPT from each sale.

Just email if you would like any - postage rates are about to be increased by Royal Mail at the end of March 2017. Prices are currently £1.40 UK, £3.20 Europe, £4 zone 1 and £4.20 zone 2. These are not likely to go up by much to be honest!

Please note we do not post normal airmail to Israel, Brazil or Peru due to the amount of post that has gone missing. Customers from these countries must have to use a signed for/tracked service. Prices on request.

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