A WREXHAM woman is returning with an annual fundraiser in memory of her daughter.

Elaine Hughes has again organised a Christmas fair at St Margaret's Church Hall in Garden Village, which she has run every year, except during the pandemic, since her daughter Emma Lloyd died.

Emma took her own life at the age of 38 in 2018 following years of struggle with her mental health.

This year's fundraising, is already off to a good start. Elaine makes and sells decoupage bottles, a process that gives a painted look to any theme, and have lights inside.

Some of Elaine Hughes decoupage bottles, made and sold for charity.

Some of Elaine Hughes' decoupage bottles, made and sold for charity.

The Beeches pub in Gresford has been selling some of Elaine's creations at the bar, which has raised £3,000 since October 2021, in aid of North East Wales Mind. Elaine said: "I'm so grateful to them, and wanted them to have some recognition for their support. I'm blown away by it.

"Doing the bottles has been good for me, it keeps my mind mind busy, otherwise I'd have gone dotty, especially during the pandemic.

"It's still hard, I think about Emma but it helps."

North East Wales Mind helps Flintshire and Wrexham people recover from mental health problems and stay emotionally healthy.

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Elaine added: "I don't want families to go through what we went through.

"It's so sad, people take their own lives but if they can get to talk to somebody, then that could help, and that's why I carry on."

This year, the festive event will be raising money for both North East Wales Mind and St Margaret's Church. It will be held on Saturday, November 25 from 2pm-4pm at St Margaret's Church Hall, Garden Village.

At the free-to-enter fair, there will be stalls selling gifts, cakes, crafts and some of Elaine's decorated bottles, as well as a raffle and tombola.