Just before Christmas some of our wonderful members stepped up to the challenge of hosting a stand at a local charity event. Not only did they pull it off in style, they seemed to have a great time doing it. Here is Morven’s account of the day:
During November’s WI meeting it was announced that WISH had been invited to run a stall at the St Helens Fun day in aid of Willowbrook hospice. But horror!… neither Helen or Cara would be able to be there and they were asking for volunteers to run it on the day. At the end of the meeting a few of us congregated together and started discussing ideas. None of us had really done a stall before but we were willing to give it a try! By the time we left we had a plan of what we could do and a list of possible baking and crafts that we could produce to sell on the day.
Not much happened for the next fortnight, then… the texts started flying! Final details were put into place and finally the day arrived. A very cold but extremely sunny winter’s day was upon us. A few of us (Maggie, Louise and myself) arrived early at 8.30AM to set the stall up in the entrance hall of St Helens College. It was very busy with about 40 stalls in the main entrance and several more throughout the corridors. Members of Willowbrook Hospice were on hand to help the stall holders set up but we still had to raid empty classrooms for spare tables and chairs (sorry!). As we were setting up we were treated to the sight of about 150 runners setting off for the Santa Dash – there were Santas everywhere!
Come 10am, we were ready for business – a stall crammed full of jam, curds, relishes, tray bakes. fairy cakes, scones, flapjacks, eccles cakes, coconut ice, ginger biscuits, shortbread and more, and crocheted scarves, broaches and Christmas tree decorations, the WISH ladies really came through on the day. It was a fine looking stall worthy of the WI name – even if I do say so myself! Several WISH members answered the call to help out on the day, which was great as it meant all of us could take a turn wandering about the other stalls.
Our stall did a pretty good trade all morning, the baking, jams and relishes sold especially well. Several customers came over to make purchases only after they saw the WI sign and a lot of the baking was eaten on the spot.
We were entertained throughout the morning with Christmas music, a youth brass band playing Christmas carols and morris dancers! It really put us in the Christmas spirit.
By lunch time it was getting quieter, but that didn’t stop one WISH member! A special thanks to Linda who took it upon herself to load up a tray of goodies from our stall and take it to the masses. She used her excellent sales techniques on people in the street, having their lunch, customers at other stalls and other stall holders and came back with an empty tray several times. As Louise said ‘Linda could sell ice to the Eskimos!’
By 2pm we decided it was time to close up shop, especially as we had no baking left to sell. In total we raised £67 ( it could have been more, but no buggers bought any of my scarves! ). We all had a great day and it was a lot of fun, I think this will be the first of many WISH stalls….
P.S. Anyone want a scarf?…..
Photo credit: Kate C