NSPCC Bedfordshire have launched an online luxury gift fair today, with all profits and a 10% donation from online sales going to Childline.
Usually the Bedfordshire branch of the NSPCC hold a popular annual luxury gift fair, which raises over £20,000 every year.
But, this year, government restrictions have forced the event to be held online through a new website woburnluxurygiftfair.co.uk, which will be open for business until 15 December.
NSPCC volunteer, Camilla King, who organised the event said: “Every year the luxury gift fair generates a large donation for Childline and with the outbreak of the pandemic we were forced to think outside the box.
“Children need Childline now more than ever, so it’s vital that we raise as many donations as possible for this essential service.
“Even after we launch, we will happily welcome new stallholders to the website, so customers can keep coming back. For stallholders the fee is £25 plus 10% of the sale cost.”
People visiting the site will be able to find fashion, jewellery, country wear, food, drink and homeware.
Once you’ve found an item you like, click on the shop of their choice, which will divert you to the sellers’ website, ready for you to add items to your basket.
By typing ‘Woburn’ into the coupon code box, 10% of the cost of your purchase will go to Childline.
The branch will also be holding a prize draw via their Just Giving page. For every £10 donation, one ticket will be entered into the draw.
A donation of £4 could answer a child’s call to Childline, £190 could pay for a Childline supervisors shift. Currently, the service cannot respond to one in three children who call.
Anyone entering then has the chance to win prizes including a three or four day stay at Center Parcs Woburn, an overnight stay at Champneys Health Spa, an overnight stay in the Peak District with entry to Chatsworth House and a VIP Tour of Woburn Safari Park.
“We know many children have been hidden victims of the pandemic,” added Emma Alexandra, NSPCC Fundraising Manager for Bedfordshire.
“Right now every penny counts so we can continue to provide children with a necessary lifeline, especially after many have suffered abuse and neglect at home.
“No child should be left to cope and it’s time for us to work together, that’s why we are so thankful to the Bedfordshire branch for continuing to support us in an innovative, inspirational and creative way.
“They have helped us before the pandemic and are helping us be here on the frontline of recovery so we can still be there for every child,” she said.