Supporting Small Businesses - Raft DIB CIC

by Sarah-Marie Underhay in Sudbury, Suffolk, United Kingdom

Total raised £533

raised so far



Support the creative space we built as a family and worked hard for. A not for profit creative & community hub that could close down.

by Sarah-Marie Underhay in Sudbury, Suffolk, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 23rd February 2022 we'd raised £533 with 23 supporters in 28 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

Duck in Boots began in 2017 thanks to the hard work and vision of it's founder, Sarah and her family. The doors first opened when her new baby was just a few days old and she had her toddler at her side.


The space created, which now consists of two shops, to pop up shop pods and a food shack, has been a creative hub for makers and a place of inspiration and learning for so many in the community. Constantly adapting to meet the needs of the communities that it works to serve, Duck in Boots weathered the initial Covid storm and even won recognition by picking up a small business of 2020 award from Lloyds Bank & The Times.

The formal not for profit entity was set up in 2021 with a board of voluntary directors and plans were put in place to launch new community classes and support for the micro businesses.

Sadly, with the steep rise in bills not only personally for our volunteers, including Sarah who has given in excess of 40 hours a week since the space launched meaning they now need to seek paid employment in order to support their families, but the costs of electric which are nearly triple for the site alongside the drop in footfall and sales, the site is faced with at least a 75% closure by the end of April. This means we could loose both shops, pods and shack in just a few weeks.


These costs have impacted the businesses and people the space supports meaning more and more are having to withdraw to save on their own travel costs and time commitment. In order to survive we need to raise funding for overheads, support staff and repairs. 

Duck in Boots has been a haven and hub for creatives since it began and has also been a place of learning. It has helped to connect people and has been a place of support.


The space has offered everything from children's workshops to wellbeing sessions and with so many exciting plans it could be rolling out, instead, energy will have to be channelled into saving what we can of this wonderful little gem in the heart of Sudbury town centre.

Please help us save even just a tiny part of it.


If we can achieve our first target, we will be able to hopefully keep one store open but it needs further adaption to accommodate our disabled team members and we need to repair the damage from the break in a couple of months ago at the original store.

This means any support given will go to good use even if it isn't enough to save us.

Closing any part of the business has costs attached and moving into one store also has costs. The money raised will help with all of these and help to offset the overheads of trading at this quiet time of year while we can establish what parts of the physical site can remain at this time. 

Our website will remain regardless and we are continuing to work on all possible solutions to the site alongside this crowd funder.






This project offered rewards

£40 or more

Limited Edition Duck in Boots Duck

A hand painted 35cm Duck in Boots colour matching duck! Just like our logo. Each one will have a number under it's boot and only a max of 50 will be hand-painted by Sarah and completed with a bow.

£10 or more

BIG Thanks

A heart felt thank you for your support. Every reward we produce has a cost attached to us to produce apart from this one! But you will have our gratitude and endless good cosmic karma we are sure.

£15 or more

Show Off Your Support

A colour printed cotton tote bag with the Duck in Boots logo and supporting small businesses surround. Bag size 38cm x 42cm

£20 or more

Exclusive Print by L.E. Ibbotson

Exclusive to this campaign, a beautiful hare print by L.E Ibbotson one of our micro businesses

£60 or more

Handmade One Of A Kind Necklace

Amazing handmade made unique piece by Peridot Rose, one of our resident crafters - Peacock Biwa Fresh Water Cultured Pearl Necklace with 925 Sterling Silver Tubes, Chain & Toggle Clasp.

£60 or more

Handmade One Of A Kind Necklace - White

Unique handmade piece by Peridot Rose, one of our resident crafters - White Biwa Fresh Water Cultured Pearl Necklace with 925 Sterling Silver Tubes, Chain & Toggle Clasp.

£350 or more

One Off Hand-Carved & Hand-Painted Sculpture

This one meter tall sculpture is carved from wood and depicts two dolphins almost nose to nose and then hand-painted in beautiful artistic colour. One off design.

£400 or more

One Off Turtle Sculpture

This large sculpture will feature 7 hand carved turtles on a large natural tree root and mounted to stand. Each turtle artistically hand painted. A complete one off piece.

£500 or more

One Off Horse Sculpture

A beautiful hand carved wooden horse risen to it's hind legs and standing 50cm tall. Hand-painted artistically. A complete one off piece.

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