If you go to a Christmas market in the South Wales Valleys this month and find a stall with crowds of people gathered around, it’s likely to belong to proud Tŷ Hafan ambassador Blair Lundie.
For Blair, helped by his family, has spent the last few months like an elf in his workshop in Nelson – gathering wood and then turning it into beautiful festive products to sell on behalf of our charity.
He sources all his materials locally and then carves and sands the wood and paints pieces with festive scenes with his sister Liz also helping with much of the painting.
Then Blair, helped by Liz, spends his free time selling the crafts at school fairs and Christmas markets in the valleys. Last weekend he was at Caerphilly Christmas market, chatting to customers about Tŷ Hafan and letting them know that all the takings from the stall would benefit our charity.
He took more than £700 in one day in Caerphilly and tomorrow (Saturday) will be at the Blackwood Christmas market. He hopes to raise more than £2,000 in total by the end of the year.
Blair also has a stall planned for the Tesco store in Ystrad Mynach on Wednesday next week, where he used to work before he retired, and where he was a community champion for local charities.
If you can’t get to a craft market, then don’t despair because some of Blair’s products are now also available on Tŷ Hafan’s Etsy page https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Emporium TyHafan with one of his best customers based in California!
Blair says he decided to start making and selling crafts as an alternative way to support us after hanging up his running shoes a couple of years ago. Blair has supported Tŷ Hafan in many different ways over the past 25 years, taking part in runs and marathons including the London Marathon and walks including our Tŷ Hafan fundraising trip to the Great Wall of China.
Over the years Blair has raised tens of thousands of pounds for us and last week we presented him with a silver leaf on our special gift tree in recognition of his fundraising and the support he has given us over so many years.
Christmas may be nearly here but Blair isn’t planning on resting for long - he already has plans for his Easter crafts for 2022!