Silverdale is a thriving community, spectacularly situated in the Arnside & Silverdale AONB. Welcoming visitors from all over the world and providing a safe, lively and community-focused environment for those who live here year-round.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected individuals, families and businesses all over the world. I feel that if each community stands together to support their local businesses and inhabitants, we can all come out of this more positively.
As a village, Silverdale has risen to the challenge so far in so many incredible ways. Residents have set up support systems, businesses have adapted: some are delivering core supplies to the vulnerable, others are providing take away food and supplies. Businesses and individuals are donating to food banks and are doing their very best to support the wider community in these unprecedented times. Even our postmen have become involved; helping with foodbank collections.
Despite some government support, these businesses are far from safe. Government grants are a drop in the ocean when businesses have monthly bills to pay and longer term staff, stock and running costs to think about. Running a business is not cheap. Government backed loans have to be paid back, even if you are 'lucky' enough to be encouraged to get into more debt. VAT payments have been delayed, but still have to be paid. When businesses are able to re-open, they will likely be quieter, and after months of no income - they have to find a way to pay staff again and all their usual running costs. It's an almost impossible task for some.
We have over 1500 residents in Silverdale. If everyone donated £10 we would raise £15,000. If everyone donated £50 we would raise £75,000 which would perhaps be enough to ensure these vital businesses remain open and survive in the longer term.
Silverdale usually hosts two coffee mornings a week, which raise £500 - £2000 per week for different charities and causes. As a community - we can definitely do this!
I hope that this project can provide some financial support back to those businesses that we rely on for so many things: food, social activities, events, basic supplies, community, tourism. There are so many villages in the UK that have lost their valuable businesses over time and are now not much more than commuter villages, with not so much as a corner shop in sight.
Here, because of tourism, diversification and a strong sense of community, we are so very lucky to have a thriving village with so many valuable businesses and services available throughout the year.
This crowdfunder is specifically for businesses based in Silverdale, Lancashire, that are currently or usually open to the general public.
Every penny raised will be distributed equally between the following businesses:
Wolf House Gallery
Wolf & Us Café
The Blossom Bird Coffee Shop
The Silverdale Hotel
Cinnamon Spice Indian Restaurant
Vintage and Country
Hair by Jackie
Gill's Hair Salon
Gibraltar Farm Campsite
Hawes Villa Caravan and Campervan Site
Silverdale Golf Club Restaurant/ Shop
RSPB Leighton Moss
Silverdale News/ Post Office
Silverdale Co-op - the portion of money raised for the Co-op will go directly to the staff who were employed during March, April and May 2020.
For example, if this crowdfunder raises £20,000, that's £1,000 per business. The £1,000 for the Co-op would be split equally between the staff who were employed during March, April and May 2020.
Holgates and The Royal are also usually open to the public but asked to be taken off the list, so that money raised would be split between the smaller businesses in the village.
Other ways we can all support every business: big or small...
~ Follow their social media pages
~ Visit their website
~ Write them a review on Google/ social media/ Trip Advisor
~ Use their services now and in the future
~ Buy a gift voucher to be used at a later date
~ Share their information with family and friends
~ Ask individual businesses and staff what it will take for them to survive and thrive in the longer term
~ Show your support in other ways: bake cakes, write cards, get the kids involved