‘Mimi would be so proud of our achievements’

IN MEMORY OF MIMI: Founders, trustees and business owners at the Good Story festival.
IN MEMORY OF MIMI: Founders, trustees and business owners at the Good Story festival.

Organisers of a charity – founded following the death of an aspiring businesswoman from Lavenham – say she would have been “immensely proud” after it held its first festival.

Good Story was set up by the family of Mimi Watts, a promising young fashion designer from Bury Road, who died in a snowboarding accident in the French Himalayas in December 2012.

The charity, which supports other like-minded creative young people in running their own businesses by offering loans and mentoring, is named after the fashion label the 26-year-old had planned to launch.

Over the weekend, the organisation held the Good Story Festival of Creativity to raise awareness of its work and brought together 20 of the businesses it has already supported.

Rory Watts, Mimi’s brother and founder of the charity, said the event had been a success.

“We are thrilled with how the festival went and it definitely surpassed our expectations,” he said.

“The entire weekend had a positive, upbeat feeling, showcasing some incredible talent.

“We gave our fledgling businesses some valuable, practical advice about turning their passions into a profitable business, as well as the chance to sell to the public from their stalls, too.”

On Friday, the festival, which was held at the Highwayman’s Gallery in Risby, held a charity auction and raised £2,750.

This was followed on Saturday by a series of business seminars, attended by 40 young entrepreneurs from across the country.

More than 200 shoppers then turned out on Sunday to buy a diverse range of creative goods.

“I would like to thank everyone who came along and donated so generously and to the gallery for lending us the space,” said Mr Watts.

“Mimi would have been immensely proud of what has been achieved.”