A Tadmarton couple will be selling their handmade crafts as they continue their support for Katharine House Hospice.
Peter and Margaret Whittle have raised more than £100,000 from their Cottage Crafts enterprise over a 20-year period and will hold a Christmas fundraiser at Tadmarton village hall on Saturday from 10am-12.30pm.
Mr Whittle said: “It is enlightened self-interest really. The hospice needs the money and we need the stimulus, and there is a real pleasure in making things.
“It is just great to be able to make things for the hospice. Everything we sell, we make and we hope to do it for as long as we can.”
The event is aimed at kick starting the couple’s push to raise another £100,000 for the hospice and their children will be there on the day helping out. Items the pair have made include a chimney frog, animated Santa Claus pulling a sleigh and different fabrics.
The couple first began the business in 1993 and operated from their house, inviting members of the public in in order to sell their handmade crafts. In the first 13 years 9,000 people came through their doors and in 2006 they decided to take their business out to different institutions and give talks.
Since then they have given talks to groups in the area and spoken to about 2,000 people.
Their youngest daughter Ursula, who is one half of the soap brand Heyland & Whittle, has also sold lavender sachets made by her parents at famous shows across the country, including the Chelsea Flower Show.