Amy’s Care – our chosen charity for 2019

We are please to announce that we are continuing to support Amy’s Care for the next year.

Last year we raised £800 for the charity and then asked our customers who to support for 2019. We were not over suprised when our customers suggested we stick with Amy’s Care.

Amy’s Care provides day care and specialises for people who have dementia. This small charity is based out of Ireby and offers care in Keswick two days a week. Keswick is a small community and so most of our customers know people who have benefited from the great service provided by Fraser and his team at Amy’s.

We’ve not decided on what fund raising ideas to do this year – but when we do we will let you know (but suggestions are always welcome!!)

Mistral’s updated environmetal policy – it’s great!

As you know at Alexandra’s we take the sourcing of our clothes very seriously. When going to trade shows it is usually one of the first questions we ask. No matter how lovely the range it we will not stock it unless I have full confidence in their manufacturing processes.

The great news is that from next season Mistral are going to be producing some of their fabulous range using Organic Cottons.

They have always worked closely with their suppliers but have taken it one step further and opened their own factory with their largest supplier. Great news as it enables them to monitor all aspects of the manufacturing process from start to finish. All the water is recycled, all effluent is cleaned before it goes back into the water supply and all rubbish that leaves the factory is recycled.

Needles to say as well as the environmental practices they continue to ensure that everyone involved in the Mistral production follows their code of conduct which include:

  • Employees are employed on the basis of their abilities and not their beliefs or characteristics
  • Forced labour in any form is not allowed
  • No workers are below the legal working age for that country
  • Workers are paid at least the basic minimum legal wage
  • Workers are treated with respect and dignity in a clean and safe working environment
  • All animal products are ethically sourced. Mistral do not accept any animal products which have been bred for the purpose of manufacture only

Amy’s Care – £800 raised

This year Amy’s Care has been our chosen charity for 2018 and we are pleased that we have raised £800.

The final donation of £350 to the charity was raised in a variety of ways during December.  Amanda and Grace who work in the shop designed and created some Charity Christmas Cards, then when they unveiled their Keswick Live Advent window they had a raffle which just added to the funds raised by a ‘Jambola’ on Victorian Fayre Sunday.

Alexandra said ‘We have loved supporting and raising awareness for such a great local charity.  Throughout the year we have been amazing by the generosity and loyalty of our customers who have supported all of the events we have hosted.  We are also in awe of Fraser’s enthusiasm and his personal drive to enable Amy’s Care to provide such a great service to our community’

Amy's Care - £800 raised

Advent Window and Scarf Tying Event

Advent Window and Scarf Tying Event

This year we took part in Keswick Live Advent 2018. The big reveal on the 6th of December was a trumpeting angel! Our life size angel was created by Grace from layers and layers of coloured tissue paper, to give a stained glass window effect.

Advent Window and Scarf Tying Event

As part of the day Amanda demonstrated scarf tying techniques to show how a scarf can enhance an outfit. To help with this we stock a book called ‘The Art of the Scarf’, or just pop into the shop for one on one tuition with Amanda.

Our chosen charity for this year is Amy’s Care (dementia charity) and we ended the day by drawing a raffle for a Christmas cake made and donated by Sarah from the Co-op. This was won by David Walker (the picture below shows the presentation).

Advent Window and Scarf Tying Event