One for the diary – RPT Christmas market

Flowers, fancy wreaths, cakes and biscuits, jewellery, books and buns: Notting Hill’s Christmas festivities kick-off early again this year with The Rugby Portobello Trust (RPT) annual Christmas Market. Great for gifts, decorations and a silent auction of luxury goods, all of which have been donated to the charity to raise money for their children’s and youth services. Each week RPT works with over 1,000 local children and young people between the ages of 4 and 25 in their Homework Clubs, Youth Clubs, Magic Mums Clubs, sports academies, play centres and alternative provision school. RPT believes every child should have the opportunity to play and grow in a safe and nurturing environment. As all stallholders donate a percentage of their sales to RPT after the event we can shop with a clear and happy conscience.

“All money raised at this year’s event will support RPT’s youth services for vulnerable children aged 13 to 19 years old,” says Erin Coburn, administrations and events co-ordinator. “Much of the focus of the Youth Club over the next year will be to increase the engagement with the young women who attend the service in order to develop self-esteem and self-confidence in order to protect them against exploitation and to keep them safe in an increasingly chaotic world.”

Lutyens & Rubinstein has organised author signings alongside stalls selling handmade leather notebooks, fair-trade jewellery and cashmere shawls, spicy nuts and handcrafted gin.

17th and 18th November at the 20th Century Theatre, Westbourne Grove. Day tickets are £5 and drinks party tickets, for evening of 17th, 6pm – 9pm, are £20. The drinks party tickets always sell out well so get in early by emailing [email protected] and more about the charity at rugbyportobello

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