THE proud winner of this week’s Trader of the Week goes to one of Barrow Market’s finest crafters.

Pauline McCabe, 60, owner of Goodness Gracious Gifts has been nominated as this week's Trader of the Week after all her charitable knits.

Her and her team once knitted 887 poppies for every person named on Barrow's Cenotaph to mark 100 years since the end of World War One.

She is also currently running another charity knit to raise money for Mind by creating small knitted heart tags.

For this, customers are being asked to donate £1 per heart tag and to leave a review of the market.

Completed cards will then go into a draw with 50 per cent of the money going to the winner and the other 50 per cent going to Mind in Furness.

The draw is due to take place on June 7.

She first started her business in 2010 when she then owned a shop with her friend on Rawlinson Street, called Butterfly Crafts.

She then moved to Barrow Market in February 2015 where she is still currently based.

She sells and makes a whole range of knitted items as well as other crochet gifts. She also displays and sells items from other crafters.

Pauline's charitable nature also extends into her employment as she also works as a Homecare Caregiver.

She also runs a craft group which includes Brenda McKenna, Thidarat Williams and John Backhouse.

Jacqui Armstrong admin assistant at Barrow Market said: “Pauline is a very talented and creative lady. I remember meeting Pauline for the first time and she told me about her passion for craft making, knitting and crocheting.

“I told her she was too modest about her skills and we needed to make the most of her talents and she wasn’t just a lady sat behind a market stall.

“Pauline came up with a great idea about setting up a weekly craft group every Friday in the market hall called The Market Makers. They are a wonderful group of people who get together for a natter and a cuppa whilst they knit or crochet. The items they make are then sold for a donation and the proceeds go to a charity of their choice.

“They have raised lots of money over the past two years and without Pauline the group probably wouldn’t exist. Pauline also owns a market stall where she sells some beautiful handmade gifts.

If you would like to pay Pauline a visit head down to Barrow Market Hall on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 9am - 5pm. You can also contact her via her Facebook page.