This year is the 26th anniversary of the Essex Branch of the British Red Cross Gift Fair. It is a key event in helping to raise money to support people in crisis in Essex, and further afield. Here’s everything you need to know about it.
Save the Date!
Wednesday, 9th October 2019 is a date to put in your diary if you are in the Essex area. For this is the date when the Essex branch of the British Red Cross holds its annual Autumn Gift Fair. For over 26 years, the Red Cross has gathered together 50 independent retailers to create a unique and welcoming shopping environment.
Fabulous New Setting
This year the event is being held in a brand new location. The fabulous Five Lakes Plaza Hotel is the grand setting. Nestled in 320 acres of parklands, easy parking and wheelchair and pram friendly, it is a fabulous destination for a special day out. And is if the choice of over 50 independent retailers under this impressive roof wasn’t enough, you can also relax and have a delicious lunch.
What better way of spending a Wednesday in October?
So what can you expect?
Over the last 26 years, the event’s organisers have bought together a collection of unique, independent retailers that are not usually found on the high street. Every year there are new stalls to see, but it is also an opportunity to revisit some of the more regular stallholders that people come for miles around each year to see again and support.
Lady Prue Salt and her daughters are well-known for the most delicious cakes which sell out early on! Another regular and popular attendee is Hotfooted, selling ladies leather shoes, boots and handbags. From china to children’s gifts, from cheeses and pies to homeware, there is something for everyone. And, of course, Seres Gifts is always excited to share the latest in silver, silk and leather gifts and accessories.
How is the money raised?
Each stallholder pays a fee to exhibit at the fair and a further 10% of all takings are donated to the British Red Cross. Entrance costs £5 and this includes free coffee or tea and biscuits. Further money is raised with the sale of delicious lunches.
There is a raffle and tombola which also help to boost funds, as well as the ever-popular British Red Cross Cake Stand!
Over the years, the event has raised over £220,000, helping the British Red Cross provide support to people in Essex, across the UK and overseas.
How can you help?
Put the date in your diary and spread the word! Bring a group of friends. Enjoy a lunch. Start your Christmas shopping! This wonderful event is only a success if it is well supported. You will get a genuinely warm welcome from British Red Cross volunteers and stallholders alike!
The British Red Cross holds many events throughout the year and in lots of different locations. To find out what is going on in an area near you, visit the British Red Cross website. You can also follow them on Facebook on on Twitter @redcrossessex. Much of the work is undertaken by volunteers, so do get in touch with them if you would like to join their team.
So, make the 9th October 2019 a date for your diary!