Christmas pop-up shop raises over £1,000

Festive gifts hand-crafted by people with learning disabilities were snapped up at the Glades Shopping Centre in Bromley.

Our day centres at Astley, Cotmandene and Kentwood offer support and activities for people in Bromley who have learning disabilities and autism. Over the last few weeks, people with learning disabilities at our Bromley day centres have been hard at work crafting festive gifts including Christmas cards, wrapping paper and baubles.

The seasonal wares were sold at a pop-up shop in the busy Glades Shopping Centre in Bromley earlier this month. The gifts raised a magnificent £1,154, which will go towards helping improve Certitude’s services in Bromley.

Christmas gifts designed by people with learning disabilities
A selection of the festive gifts designed by people with learning disabilities

“Our pop up shop has been a incredible platform for people we support, showcasing their talents through the amazing pieces we had on sale. This partnership is such a wonderful opportunity for us to focus on people’s contribution to their community, over their diagnosis or the support they need; we think people are more than that, and the amazing funds we’ve raised say that the people of Bromley agree. What a lovely message, especially at this time of year!” Sam Mason, Community Fundraiser.

Our festive pop-up shop is part of a year-long partnership with the Glades Shopping Centre, who chose Certitude as their 2018/19 Charity of the Year. Our staff have been training Glades staff in Mental Health First Aid and Learning Disability Awareness as well as ensuring that their facilities are accessible.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who bought gift items from the shop over the past few weeks.  Your support is greatly appreciated. We wish everyone a happy and enjoyable Christmas and New Year.