The market this weekend will give people a chance to support small local businesses whilst raising money for the charity for the elderly.
The Lancashire Virtual Christmas Market will be running on 14th-15th November on Facebook and will give people a chance to pick up some unique Christmas gifts from local artisan creators and makers from the comfort of their own homes.
Local business owners have paid for their spot in the market and that money plus the funds raised from a raffle will be donated to Age UK Lancashire.
The charity supports local elderly people with some of the issues that come with age, they help them stay independent and enable older people to access the information they need to make informed decisions about their lives.
Katie Bird and Lydia Kate are local business owners who came up with the idea of a virtual market because they don’t expect there to be any physical markets this year given the COVID-19 restrictions:
“I was approached by my friend Lydia Kate who runs her own artisan dog biscuits company ‘Bosty Bakes’. She came up with the concept of a virtual Christmas market after noticing that there wouldn’t be any physical Christmas markets this year. With Covid, we sadly can’t hold face to face events, so we thought the next best thing would be virtual!
“We’re trying to keep it as close to a physical Christmas market as possible, by carefully selecting and accepting stalls selling a wide range of products – without lots of duplicates! As well as keeping it to the one weekend, that way, it will be more of an event, where people can promote their products, share deals, as well as take part in our fab raffle.”
Katie wanted to support the charity because of how they have been effected by the Pandemic and how they have contniued to offer their sevices despite being hit hard:
“We have chosen Age UK Lancashire as our charity, as they have really struggled for donations throughout COVID-19, but have still diversified their services throughout the pandemic providing a hospital aftercare service, a good day phone call service, home help scheme and a supporting the local community service.
“This charity has worked tirelessly throughout COVID in assisting the elderly community with getting home from the hospital and providing them with support once home.”
There is plenty of great prizes donated from the market stallholders and local businesses to be won in the raffle happening during the market this weekend.
If you are interested in checking out the market this weekend or would like any more information, you can visit the Facebook group where the market will be held here. You can now see the full line up of stalls that will be up on the virtual market on the Facebook group.