Charity fundraising 

At every LSM event we are now going to have a charity that will benefit from the proceeds of a fund raiser. The idea came to mind after the October 2014 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 £2,608.92 (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.

Many thanks.

Jo & Si.



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.

July 2017 LSM (Middleton Railway, Leeds)

Railway Children provide protection and opportunity for children with nowhere else to go and nobody to turn to.

Every year thousands of children across the UK, India and East Africa run away or are forced to leave homes that have become unbearable through poverty, abuse, violence and neglect. Reaching a child as soon as possible is crucial to getting to children on the streets before an abuser can, and before they become entrenched in street life. Railway Children race to get to children before the streets get to them. (Registered Charity Number 1058991)

October 2017 LSM (Leeds Industrial Museum, Armley)

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.

March 2018 LSM (Leeds Industrial Museum, Armley)

May 2018 BSM (Bradford Industrial Museum)

July 2018 LSM (event yet to be confirmed)

September 2018 LSM (Leeds Industrial Museum, Armley)

December 2018 BSM (Bradford Industrial Museum)



Anyone who is not a trader that has their chosen cause named above, you need to either be at the event to co-ordinate the raffle or have someone there to do it for you please. Ideally, have people from the charity there in person.

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.

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

We have been advised that due to data protection, if doing a raffle you are not allowed to take people's phone numbers. This would seriously impact on the amount raised so instead  it now needs to be done as a tombola.


Collecting donations from the traders on each morning of the event. (Be there from 8.30-9am ish if we open at 10 each day. On the events that are 11-5, get there for about 9.30).

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).

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

With one half of the numbers, pick out the ones ending in 5 and 0 and sellotape each number to each prize.

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.

Any prizes you have left over at the end take them 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.

(As Fran found out, she committed a lot of her time on the day to get around to everyone to collect stuff as well as selling the raffle tickets which will no doubt have impacted on her own trading for the day.)

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

Past events:

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 Light 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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