Having worked all weekend, I was going to spend my Monday in the garden pottering around, this is until I saw a call out on Twitter, from my friend Chrissie the owner and milliner at Hat Therapy, Hebden Bridge.
Chrissie's shop in Market Street, was flooded on Boxing day. Fortunately most of her stock was saved. She has now managed to re-open the part of the shop that wasn't flooded - through the rear door - go and ring the bell, and say hi;-) She will also, as always, do tailored fittings for new and unique items.
Chrissie felt she needed to update her website quickly, as she also needs to reach out for sales via the internet to make up for the lack of footfall in the town. Having been through such a huge upheaval with the clear-up and set-up of her new micro shop, Chrissie had misplaced her camera charger, so put a call out on twitter, this where I came in...
I ended up spending an enjoyable afternoon with Chrissie, Stephen, Pip(her new rescue dog) and Alice. I took over the photography side of it all, out in the back courtyard, while Chrissie kept coming out with more and more beautifully created hats, neck-warmers and even a handbag made from soft glove leather! Stephen supplied the bacon, beetroot and rocket butties (don't knock it till you try it), while Pip yapped about and Alice turned IT assistant!
Having downloaded and edited the photos on location, for them to be uploaded onto the website soon at www.hattherapy.co.uk I left feeling great for helping out someone in need, with the surprise promise of a new hand-tailored flat-cap soon!
What can you do to help, here are a few options... go to Hebden Bridge and see what is open, SHOP there!... find flood affected businesses... offer Free IT support, free social media promotion... or like many local businesses, Chrissie has set up a crowdfunding account to help with the rebuild of her store https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/hat-therapy-hebden-bridge and go to the Community Foundation For Calderdale flood relief Facebook page.
Good luck to rebuilding your businesses, homes and livelihoods, good folk of Hebden Bridge and the Calder Valley.
If anybody else needs help, just call....