We All Need To Spread A Little Love around

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.

Woman in a black and white hat.

One of Chrissie’s amazing creations

So imagine how she felt when, after closing up her beloved store for the Christmas holidays, this happened on Boxing Day:

Flooding at Hebdon Bridge boutique.

“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 :)

Caricature of Michelle Lyndon-Dykes

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