Andy Kershaw and the Big Pink Christmas Craft Fair

Kev Bruce, a SAMH Service Manager, reports on the Christmas fair he organised to raise funds for SAMH: and his unexpected celebrity visitor!

The Big Pink Christmas Fairy gets ready for the fair!

I asked Jill and Mhairi “out of” the Red Shed Art Collective if we could hold a craft fair in Arbroath with the purpose of raising funds for SAMH and raising awareness of our work with people with mental health issues: how hard could it be to put on a craft fair?

First of all organising artists and makers! Then booking a venue, then advertising and publicity, then all the work on the day, keeping everyone happy,  making sure there is plenty of tea and coffee… Thanks to Kathleen, Joan and Pauline from the West Kirk for keeping all the crafters in tea and coffee all day.

Everyone there said it was a great success, a really good vibe and very friendly. We raised a fantastic £300: a brilliant total, especially during these hard financial times. SAMH staff and service users enjoyed being there selling Christmas cards and handing out stress balls.  Alan Mitchell, Chief Exec of the Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce officially opened the event and commented on the high quality of craftwork on display and the huge amount of talent in Angus.

Andy Kershaw gets to work!

Much to our surprise and delight, Andy Kershaw, broadcaster and writer, travelled all the way from Cheshire to be there to support us! He rolled his sleeves up and mucked in with the hard work, while his dog Buster charmed the people of Arbroath all day with his constant hunt for mince pie scraps!

All in all it was a fantastic day which will be, hopefully the first of many…thanks to everyone who helped us raise such a fantastic amount for SAMH. If you’d like to make a donation, just visit our website: thank you.

Next year Kev will be undertaking his own fundraising challenge for SAMH, cycling round Scotland: and this is the bike he'll be doing it on!

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