Cornwall Christmas Fair Committee Bios

Colonel Edward Bolitho


Born and brought up in Penzance, Colonel Edward Bolitho spent 20 years in the Grenadier Guards before returning to Cornwall in 1998, to run Bolitho Estates on behalf of his wider family.  He was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in September 2011 on the retirement of the late Lady Mary Holborow.

He is involved in a wide range of business and voluntary sector organisations, with an official role in more than 40 and involvement in many more.  Despite being a hopeless shopper, he is particularly delighted to be President of the Christmas Fair because of the outstanding and life-enhancing work Macmillan does, not to mention the enthusiasm and brilliance of all involved in making the Fair the phenomenal success it has become.

Edward is married to Alexandra and they have twin daughters, a son and a large number of dependent animals.

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Kate Holborow

Co-chair, Sponsorship, & PR

I have been on the receiving end of fabulous gifts from the Cornwall Macmillan Christmas Fair for many, many years (my mother Mary Holborow founded the fair some 25-plus years ago) and when I moved back to Cornwall I was really pleased to be asked to join the team. When my mother was ill, I saw the work of the Macmillan Nurses at first hand and welcome the chance to help (even in a small way) to ensure Macmillan can continue to change lives in Cornwall. I am responsible for bringing the sponsors in and have been overwhelmed by the generosity and support from businesses both large and small across the county. My company, Wild West, runs the PR campaign for the Fair on a pro bono basis and I am particularly grateful to Florence Bate at Wild West for the support she gives me on this.

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Jane Hartley

Co-chair, Event Coordination, Grand Prize Draw, Food & Drink

I’ve worked for Macmillan for 25 years, since the very beginning. I started organising art sales at the Christmas Fare, and then took over selecton and running of the stalls, which I did for 15 years. This was all at the Hotel Bristol in Newquay, where we held the Fare for 20 years. It was outgrowing itself, and afer much research, Eden Project kindly offered to act as our host.  This was a huge move, but it’s been a very successful partnership. We now raise over double the amount taken previously. At the Hotel Bristol we aimed to raise around £20,000 each year. Our target at Eden is now to exceed £50,000 each year.

The money raised at the Fare goes directly to the running of Macmillan nurses. We also raised money to create the wonderful garden at The Cove, which cancer patents and their families can enjoy in peace and quiet.

Kate and I are very proud to lead a very vibrant, hard working team that achieves more and more each year, commitng valuable time and energy with endless enthusiasm. We are all working hard for the good of Macmillan, as do all their army of volunteers.

Be sure to come and support us!

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Pix Ashworth

Vice Chair, Brand, & Marketing

We have the opportunity to give something back to our beloved Cornwall and to work with friends to raise money for this wonderful, grassroots charity. Result!

Discussing brands is a favourite pastime of mine, so I get to keep the brand of our Cornwall Macmillan Christmas Fair on track and work on our marketing to help put the message across.

I work with a couple of our sponsors and it’s amazing to see the time and effort individuals and companies give. Everyone is affected by cancer in some way and we are indebted to the wonderful nursing Macmillan provides. I urge you to come to this Fair; it will jet propel your Christmas shopping!

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Lavinia Anderson


I have worked most of my life in the adverting industry followed by ten years working with luxury hotels. Self employment followed with owning my  own business called Rawhide, selling beautiful suede cardigans, jackets and coats. This was my first encounter with the Cornwall  Macmillan Christmas Fair as a stall holder. Having done many fairs over the years this one stood out in terms of the dedication and hard work of the committee. And now I am one of them! This time on the other side of the fence responsible for organising the stall holders. I am so proud to be a part of the team and look forward to contributing further to the wonderful charity that Macmillan is.

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Rachel Bayliss


I sadly lost my aunt to cancer before Christmas.  She was fabulously cared for by Macmillan during her final days and therefore when I was asked to join the Macmillan Committee at the beginning of this year, it felt like the perfect opportunity to say thank you and give back.

I have visited the Christmas Fair since I moved to Cornwall in 2005 so know first-hand what an amazing event this talented team organise each year.  I am very much looking forward to being a part of the Committee and helping our sponsors get the most from their generous support.

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Nikki Cheetham

Sponsorship & Christmas Cake Stall

 I’m delighted to join this talented committee this year to help continue the fantastic fundraising event for Macmillan at The Eden Project. Having spent my working life in the TV industry (mostly at the BBC) creating many live event series  I hope to think up some new ideas to support a cause that touches us all.

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Clarey Coode

Cornwall Christmas Fair Ambassador

Tina Davis


Like many of the committee members, I have experienced first hand the incredible work Macmillan nurses carry out.  The care and support they give to both the patient and their families is second to none.  I was delighted, therefore, to be asked to become a committee member in 2014, assisting with design and print.  It is great to be part of such a wonderful dynamic team, who every year attempt to make the Fair bigger and better, to raise as much money as possible for Macmillan to continue their amazing work within the county

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Kitty Galsworthy

Grand Prize Draw

New to the committee this year, I’m honoured and excited about working as part of an incredible team of people who are as enthusiastic about raising money for this great cause as they are about Cornwall. 

The fair is a treasure trove of food and presents that you won’t easily find elsewhere and a wonderful reason to visit Eden. 

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Emma Halliday

Event Coordination

I am a relative newcomer to the committee having joined the committee in early 2013 after being a part of the initial discussions regarding moving the fair to its new home, Eden – a big responsibility following its previous success at Hotel Bristol. I am honored to be part of such a worthwhile event which has such a positive impact in Cornwall. As well as working with such a fabulous group of people who all have a wealth of experience in such an array of areas. As the Eden Project event manager my role within the committee is to combine our dreams and aspirations to make the fair even more fabulous with the logistics and practicalities of Eden. Personally the fair for me is like a shopping heaven, with the added bonus of wine, food and of course friends! The only problem is it’s all so lovely I never want to give any of it away as gifts!

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Jane Humphreys

School Liaison & Tombola

This will be my second year on the  Macmillan committee. I was thrilled to be asked to join such a motivated, inspirational  and fun team of people who work so hard for this great charity . We lost my grandmother to cancer, and were so grateful for the amazing support that the Macmillan nurses provided for her and for us. I am also proud to follow in the footsteps of my mother Jill Hosking who was a dedicated committee member and huge supporter of Macmillan for many many years.

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Beth Macdonald


Kathryn Nicholas


Like so many others affected by cancer, both of my Grandparents died from the terrible disease. I was therefore honoured when asked in 2015 to become the Treasurer for the Fair. It is wonderful to be part of such a dedicated and hardworking committee who help raise money for such a fantastic charity. 


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Bella Nicholas


Having been based in Cornwall all of my life, this is a great opportunity to put something back .

Macmillan means so much to so many people that it is a real privilege to help Lavinia with the stalls. We hope that we select a vibrant and diverse selection of stalls supporting many small local companies.

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Nicky Roads


I have been an enthusiastic shopper (and diner!) at the Macmillan Christmas Fair for several years and so I’m thrilled to be joining the fair’s committee, helping Kate with sponsorship.

I’m keen to spread the word and help raise funds to make a difference to the people of Cornwall, particularly having experienced the benefits that Macmillan cancer care brought to my family.

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Peter Stewart

Strategic Planning & Marketing

Peter is the Executive Director with responsibility for the Eden Project’s charitable mission.  This role includes responsibility for Eden’s biggest educational outreach campaign, The Big Lunch. From September 2013 to June 2014, alongside David Harland, Peter was responsible for all of Eden’s operations.

As well as running small businesses, Peter previously spent over 10 years in the advertising industry working for British Leyland, J. Walter Thompson and BMP DDB, working with a variety of businesses including the Guardian, Knorr, National Dairy Council (milk), Courage (Fosters, Courage Best and John Smiths). In between JWT and BMP, Peter was also Account Director at Leo Burnett working on Proctor & Gamble, Philip Morris, Sanyo and Nestle (Crosse & Blackwell).

Peter was appointed to the main Eden Project Board in March 2012. In the same year he was also awarded an MVO by HM The Queen for his work on the Diamond Jubilee, as The Big Lunch played a major part in the celebrations.

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Emma Thompson

Food & Drink & Event Coordination

Having recently moved to Cornwall I am thrilled to have been asked to join the Macmillan Christmas Fair team – an opportunity for me to give something back to the wonderful nurses who so helped us when my mother was ill some years ago.  

With a background in catering and events, I hope to be able to bring useful skills to a highly qualified and efficient group of ladies who are passionate about making this fair as good as it is. It is also extremely helpful for me as a busy mother of three to know that I can blitz all of my Christmas shopping in one hit!

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Becs Trant

Website & Marketing

I, like so many, have lost close family and friends to this relentless and undiscriminating disease that is cancer. Huge strength and support was provided by the Macmillan organisation at a time that I and my family really needed it. Being involved in the Cornwall Macmillan Christmas Fair is a wonderful opportunity for me to ‘do my bit’ and help others similarly affected.

It has been a privilege to be part of such a pro-active dynamic team of volunteers who take time out from their busy lives to make considerable sums year in year out for Macmillan in Cornwall. And it is so much fun!!! A wonderful opportunity to get started (or finished) with the annual challenge of Christmas shopping and find some really innovative, personal gifts for my ever growing family.

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Sarah Treffry

Logistics & Event Coordination

I’m thrilled to be involved with the Cornwall Macmillan Christmas Fair. I remember going to the very first Fair which Lady Mary Holborow hosted in a marquee at Ladock House on a wet and rainy day. I have been on the committee since the Fair moved to Eden Project. I work at Eden, know the site and therefore make my contribution to the very hard working committee members by helping with the operational aspects of getting the exhibitors and guests in and out. Long may the Fair prosper and with the generosity of the Cornish people continue to raise substantial sums for the benefit of Macmillan cancer support.

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Amanda Woodward

Tombola & Christmas Cake Stall

Mark and I moved to Cornwall 16 years ago, with a love for the outdoors, and 3 small boys in tow. We primarily moved to give them an “idyllic” upbringing by the sea where they could learn to surf as well as continue with all other sports, enjoying all the south west can offer; whilst we, at the same time, might develop a new business opportunity living on or near to the north coast of the county. We were lucky enough to find an old farmhouse to live in near to Polzeath, and subsequently managed to buy the derelict barns that went with the farm, secure planning, and convert them into luxury holiday accommodation. We have never looked back, but have also never worked harder! I run the properties, with a lot of help from Mark, but he somehow manages to squeeze in other work as a freelance helicopter pilot for the emergency services. Now the boys have left home I felt I had more time to do some extra work and support a great cause. I was asked last year to help with social media for the Macmillan Christmas Fair, and I am now delighted to be part of a great team of people who are passionate about raising money for Macmillan Cancer Research.

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