Thank you for the Wilmslow Guardian and Cheshire Independent for a brilliant press release on the Alderley Edge and Cheshire Virtual Christmas Market…
Kerry Burgess, aged 32 from Handforth, who runs her own marketing business, including the Cheshire Business Directory, launched the Alderley Edge & Cheshire Virtual Xmas Markets to help support the local businesses and supporting two charities. By using a Facebook group, within 24 hours people are buying from local businesses and bringing great joy by connecting with each other and having brilliant Xmas discussions.
In lockdown, this is the perfect time to launch a virtual event, fundraise for two local charities and help businesses continue to trade from home, by providing an online platform to sell and interact. The first chosen charity is Chelwood Food Bank Plus – Fighting SK Poverty, which support people throughout Stockport and beyond who are in need of food, and who have been amazing at supporting people in the community. The second charity is Wilmslow Girls Crafts for Charity, craft sales helping The Christie Hospital & East Cheshire Hospice, which is a great project.
There is a brilliant range of stalls, including an artist called Louise Barson, a local candle maker called ‘Scent a Peace’, chocolates, books, gifts and much more. The event will carry on until Christmas Eve to allow those last-minute sales to happen – it is all about supporting local businesses in these crucial times. Kerry said “It is bringing the community together in tough times, utilising online technology to host such an event, helping businesses to continue to safely trade with no face-to-face interactions, and fundraise for two charities. It is a win win situation for all . Anyone can join the group and be part of it. Thank you to the Cheshire Business Directory who are a sponsor.”
Sarah Fancy, who owns ‘Scent A Peace’ – a candle company in Cheshire, said “I am incredibly grateful for local virtual Xmas markets this year. Kerry and her team are doing a great job in supporting local businesses. Without these opportunities, small artisan producers like myself would no longer exist in the current climate. People are definitely supporting us by shopping locally and it’s bringing a great community spirit.”
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit this link at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/alderley-edge-cheshire-virtual-xmas-market-tickets-127648489067 and this is the group link which local people can join for free https://www.facebook.com/groups/232652490204935.
You can also find out more via https://www.knutsfordguardian.co.uk/news/18849307.alderley-edge-businesses-offer-virtual-shopping-christmas-eve/ and http://www.cheshireindependent.co.uk/news-article/4359/Alderley-Edge-Cheshire-Virtual-Xmas-Market.