On a bleak November day, we attended a small Christmas Advent Fair put on by a local church group, with a stall of fun items for sale and information about WaterAid.
The event started at 2.30 pm with a primary school choir performing at 3.00 pm and another school at 4.00 pm. The footfall through the hall was slow until about 15 minutes before each choir sang and then within a few minutes it fell away after families and friends had seen their children sing.
SI Solent East was selling Christmas designed toilet rolls and little fun books on toilets around the world. We raised £135.90 some of which were donations into our ‘loo’. We also, had some beautiful hand made baby quilts for sale but none were sold. The delicious cake stall also had a lot left over (we always measure an event by how well the food stalls do!) so all in all it was not as profitable as we had hoped.
However, there were 3 stalls run by ladies who have their own business and we took the opportunity to talk to them and leave some information about SI, and we have potential speakers to talk to us about how they started up and what support they had to get off the ground.