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Lavenham charity’s Christmas market

IN MEMORY: Mimi Watts died in 2012.
IN MEMORY: Mimi Watts died in 2012.

A charity set up after the death of a woman from Lavenham is urging shoppers to support young, creative talent at a local Christmas market.

Good Story was launched in 2013 by Lavenham couple Malcolm and Nicky McAllister, together with Nicky’s son Rory, in memory of Nicky’s daughter, Mimi Watts.

A talented clothing designer, Mimi died in a snowboarding accident in Chamonix in December 2012. At just 26, she was in the midst of launching her own business.

Now the charity supports other young business owners and entrepreneurs.

On Friday (November 6) the charity is holding a Christmas market where shoppers can snap-up some alternative, handcrafted gifts.

The market, which is free to enter, takes place at the John Peel Centre, Church Walk, Stowmarket, from 11am to 5pm.

With support from the Inner Wheel of Stowmarket, 12 young business start-ups will be selling artisan gifts ranging from fashion clothing and accessories, to homeware, food and drink, stationery and musical instruments.

Shoppers can buy the products as well as meet the young people behind them.

To help ambitious entrepreneurs on their way to success, Good Story offers funding and mentoring support to creative start-ups to those aged 18-30.

Almost three years on, Good Story has now supported more than 50 young people.

In January the charity formed an official partnership with The British Dyslexia Association and now actively looks to support young people determined to overcome the barrier of dyslexia to launch a creative business.

Mrs McAllister, co-founder of Good Story said: “Please come and browse around a beautiful selection of goods, and know every pound spent is helping young entrepreneurs make a living from their passion and talents.

“It’s not easy to start your own business, especially when facing personal battles. Support these ambitious young people and let your loved-ones unwrap a unique gift this festive season.”

For more information visit www.goodstory.org.uk

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