Posted 20/07/2020

RAISING £725 FOR charity ‘WE HEAR YOU’ 

On Friday 10 July we had our first online pop up sale. It was definitely a steep learning curve! We had 43 great local businesses taking part and kindly donating 10% of sales to Frome based charity, We Hear You. Tracking these sales was the head scratching bit and happily most sellers were able to use the code TSCPOPUP to spot the Collective buyers. Almost all also offered extra goodies such as discounts, free delivery and free gifts. For small businesses this is a big deal - giving away 10% of sales plus more can really cut into profits for small independent businesses and I am so grateful to them.

At the end of Friday we decided there were more sales to be had and at the last minute added on Saturday - 2 days was definitely the way to go here and we will do that for future sales. Once the sale was over everyone added up their 10% and we were thrilled to end up with £725 after a couple of last minute extra donations.

A few days later I met with Lucy McMahon of We Hear You to present her with a big cheque (I’ve always wanted to do that!). You can read the article in the Frome Times above. The amount raised will pay for 16 counselling sessions for those affected by life threatening illnesses, including Covid-19.

As with so many charities, We Hear You has been drastically affected by the pandemic with a steep drop in their fundraising, but their help is needed more than ever. They provide 115 counselling sessions a week from 20 locations across the south west. They receive no government funding and rely on donations and support from the community.

To find out more please visit their website If you’ve been affected and would like to find out about their free counselling service please email or call 01373 455255.

So a huge thank you to everyone who took part in our sale, whether selling or buying. We are planning two more online sales before Christmas, so watch this space!

Best wishes, Jess x