Bury St Edmunds company My Doris to hold giant sample sale in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care
A company, which started out in a one room office and now supplies around 600 independent shops across the UK, is holding a giant sample sale with 10 per cent of profits going to charity.
Bury St Edmunds-based My Doris, mostly a jewellery, accessories and homeware brand, is holding the sale tomorrow outside its warehouse on Enterprise Park in town. A portion of the proceeds will go to St Nicholas Hospice Care.
“We have got hundreds and hundreds of items,” said Katie Williamson, company founder.
“We have got jewellery, ceramics, lovely cushions, face masks.”
Katie started My Doris four years ago in what was intended to be a small-scale side project.
Now it employs four staff members, has suppliers in India and Turkey, and sends its products to stores across the UK, including Javelin in Bury.
“I started out on a little table at a trade show four years ago and this year we are in a 2,500sqft warehouse,” said Katie.
Katie, 47, said she had worked hard to get to this stage, but had relied on the support of others.
“I have got a very supportive husband who helps with all the child care and we have a good relationship,” she said.
“And my family help with baby sitting when we go away and I have worked to get a really fantastic team.”
She added: “I have got some really talented people with me who have risen to the challenge of working in a dynamic company.”
Alongside its usual fund-raising efforts for St Nicholas Hospice Care, since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, My Doris has also been selling face masks with £1 per purchase going to UNICEF. So far the company has raised £20,000 for the charity.
The project has been a chance for My Doris to give back, but also to keep their suppliers afloat.
“One of my closest suppliers who I am really close to now, he’s in Istanbul and he had no work so I got him making them (masks) and that kept him going and he employed Syrian refugees,” Katie said.
“I’m really proud of what we did.”
My Doris’ warehouse is at Unit 2 on Enterprise Park, Etna Road, Bury IP33 1JZ.
The sample sale will be held from 10am to 3pm.