Local reforestation charity to host fundraiser at new headquarters

Tracey West, CEO of The Word Forest Organisation, with some of the items available for sale

LYME Regis based reforestation charity, The Word Forest Organisation, will be hosting its first event at its new headquarters next week. 

Having recently moved to new offices at St Michael’s Business Centre, the charity will be opening its doors for a celebration, along with a sale of beautifully-crafted jewellery, evening bags and craft items.

Two huge boxes of items for sale have been donated to the charity from Natalie Mc, owner of local Asian food takeaway Red Panda.

Tracey West, CEO of The Word Forest Organisation, said: “Enormous love and thanks goes to the wonderful Natalie for donating a veritable treasure trove of goodies to sell. We’re hoping to transform it all into funds so we can get lots of urgently needed trees in the ground.

“As well as ready-to-wear, beautifully crafted jewellery and evening bags which were skilfully made by Natalie, we also have lots of shells, wooden and acrylic beads, perfect if you’re a crafty soul who likes making handicraft items.

“What’s absolutely wonderful is that they came from a sustainable project for women in Cebu in the Philippines, Natalie’s home.

“The items she bought from them benefited the women in their community and now, the onward sale of these items is going to benefit another women’s empowerment group, the Mothers of the Forest – it simply cannot get better than that.”

The Mothers of the Forest is a women’s empowerment group that The Word Forest runs alongside its work planting trees and building classrooms in rural Kenya.

Tracey continued: “As well as one-off jewellery designs, there are many ‘job lots’ of necklaces too, so if you run a craft stall or an Etsy shop, I think you’re going to love what we’re about to put up for sale.

“Many of the shells and beads have been collected from around Cebu, then carved, shaped and threaded onto strings, ready for people to craft into decorative items for the body and the home.

“Natalie knows the provenance of the materials and has certificates to show their authenticity, which we’ll be very happy to display at our sale.”

This is the first major event being held at the Word Forest offices since they moved into St Michael’s Business Centre at the beginning of January, so the sale will be combined with a celebration for all supporters.

The doors will be open on Friday, March 13 from 5pm to 9pm. 

Tracey added: “We’ll have some wonderful music playing, courtesy of the newly launched Lyme Bay Radio. We’ll have some delicious plant-based sweet and savoury nibbles and refreshments to buy, to make sure you don’t have a rumbly tummy while you’re perusing the goodies and having a social evening out; feel free to bring a bottle of wine along to enjoy with friends, if you wish.

“Pop the date in your diary and come along early if you can! It’ll be first come, first served and all the money raised is going to do such good in the world – what a great way to start the weekend.”

For more information on The Word Forest visit www.wordforest.org

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