Dale Road businesses launch fundraising campaign for good causes by lighting up town with star lanterns
A group of Matlock business owners is asking the community to let the light in this spring with a charity fundraising initiative spreading across the town.
Members of the Dale Road Independents group started displaying paper star lanterns in their shopfronts in January to send out a message that although the high street was locked down, there was still life behind the door .
Now they are taking the idea further, selling lanterns to other businesses and residents, with proceeds going to local good causes.
Emma Stevenson, from jewellery shop M’s of Matlock, said: “The pandemic has created many problems for people and families and we wanted to do something small to help.
“If people have ideas about organisations who are helping people to get through Covid times, then please get in touch with ideas about where any money might be directed.”
The lanterns are being supplied by Andy Jupp, of Chesterfield business Paper Starlights, which has been creating star trails all over Derbyshire since the first lockdown began, helping to raise money for charity.
Kits including a white lantern, cable, socket and a low energy LED bulb are sold at the price they cost to produce, with an extra £5 added on for the charity pot – a total of £20.
Andy said: “It is great to see businesses and residents coming together to work collectively like this. The whole idea behind the #sharethelight campaign is about grassroots action to make a difference.”
“The lighted stars look lovely on Dale Road, and it would be amazing to put these lanterns to good use raising money and the spirits of local people.
The Dale Road group has been promoting the idea with leaflets delivered to neighbouring streets but the invitation is open across Matlock.
Resident Nicholas Leake has already taken up the offer and said: “The stars are like beacons of hope and light.
“What I love about Matlock is that our streets are working high streets, full of small businesses, making, creating and serving the community in different ways, so I wanted to support them and what they’re trying to do.”
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