The thirty-first annual Christmas Traidcraft shop in Middlesbrough took over £38,000 – our best year since 2005!
Organiser Jenny Medhurst said “There were no practical disasters this time, but we did find ourselves unexpectedly short of helpers – we had nine retirements – and we opened knowing that for some sessions we’d be working on a wing and a prayer! Thankfully we found some really good new helpers, and managed on the difficult sessions with a whole team of people new to the shop and new to helping there – which was stressful, but got us through! Two wonderful helpers – Nena and Gladys, asylum seekers from West Africa, were great help behind the scenes and loved the chance to get out of the house and contribute.
“And it was wonderful to see how many customers came to do all their shopping with us because they know what a difference is makes, and to see the delight and pleasure our shop gave to so many. I was really excited too that were were able to sell far more recycled items this year – from old keys, bike chains, saris and spark plugs, to plastic bottles – woven into the most amazing soft-to-the-touch rugs!
“So thank you once again for supplying the finance [a £5,000 bridging loan for shop rent from Synod] that helped to make it all possible!”