We’ve all seen the devastation that the recent floods have wreaked across the country. Yes, I’ve watched and I’ve donated but neither myself or anyone I know has been affected – until now.
I met Chrissie King, all round good egg and milliner extraordinaire, at the wonder that is The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza. Chrissie has a boutique in Hebdon Bridge, Yorkshire where she creates the most wonderful hats and accessories.
So imagine how she felt when, after closing up her beloved store for the Christmas holidays, this happened on Boxing Day:
“We were spending Christmas in North Yorkshire in a very small rural location. Internet and phone coverage was very patch so I didn’t find out until Boxing Day that my boutique had been flooded. I couldn’t make my way back to Hebdon Bridge as all the roads were closed. I started calling and texting everyone I know, desperately trying to find someone, anyone, who could save my stock.
Try as I might, I couldn’t get a signal. I had just about given up hope when I went to the bathroom and my phone lit up with messages and texts – then my battery died! I managed to get a signal on a lap top, and luckily Ed Chadwick of Snug Gallery on Market Street rushed to the rescue and saved my stock. Thank goodness for a close knit shopping community!!” – Chrissie King
Chrissie lives above her premises so it was a bit of a double whammy. Amazingly enough, she is still trading from her tiny work room, which can be found at the back of her store.
“……… I can’t see out to the street and feel very cut off from the public.” – Chrissie King
Chrissie’s has cleaned up as best she can, but it’s going to take a long time before her store is back to normal. She’s keeping her chin up, but it’s a difficult time. To see her through the tough times ahead, her good friend Rachel Lucie Johns has set up a Crowd Funding page. You can donate here.
I have a huge respect for small business, and a particular soft spot for the handmade industry. So, as one human being to another, please pop over and donate. Because we all need to spread a little love around