BUSINESSWOMAN Kerry Burgess has launched the Alderley Edge and Cheshire Virtual Xmas Market to help support local businesses and charities.

Kerry, 32, from Handforth, runs her own marketing business, and the virtual market is taking place in a Facebook group where businesses can sell their items every day until Christmas Eve.

People can join the Facebook group for free by accessing the following link,

Kerry said: “With the country in a second lockdown this is the perfect time to launch a virtual event and help fundraise for local charities and help businesses continue to trade from home by providing an online platform to sell and interact.

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"It is bringing the community together in such tough times, using online technology to host such an event and helping businesses to continue to safely trade with no face-to-face interactions.

“Anyone can join the group and be part of it. Thank you to the Cheshire Business Directory who are a sponsor.”

The charities being supported are Chelwood Food Bank Plus - Fighting SK Poverty, which supports people throughout Stockport and beyond in need of food, and Wilmslow Girls Crafts for Charity, craft sales helping The Christie Hospital and East Cheshire Hospice.

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Kerry added: “The markets will carry on until Christmas Eve to allow those last-minute sales to happen; it’s all about supporting these local businesses in these crucial times.”

Sarah Fancy who owns Scent A Peace - a candle company in Cheshire said: "I am incredibly grateful for local virtual Christmas markets this year.

“Kerry and her team are doing a great job in supporting local businesses. Without these opportunities small artisan producers like me would no longer exist in the current climate.

“People are definitely supporting us by shopping local, and it’s creating a great community spirit."

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