Kettering entrepreneurs raise £1,000 with #SaveWicksteedPark t-shirts

The small business has sold more than 100 t-shirts

Red Shed Prints at Tesco in Kettering on Sunday
Red Shed Prints at Tesco in Kettering on Sunday

A small Kettering business has raised £1,000 for Wicksteed Park by selling #SaveWicksteed t-shirts.

Red Shed Prints, owned by partners Kym Fisher and Jaygun Evans, started selling the t-shirts after the sad news of Wicksteed Park Limited's administration.

Kym said: "I didn't think it would go as crazy as it has!

"Being local, I thought I have got to help, what can I do, I haven't got hundreds I can donate and they don't need a little bit of money, they need a lot and then I thought, why don't I sell t-shirts."

Red Shed Prints have created a design based on Wicksteed Park's pavilion. It says "Since 1921" and #SaveWicksteed.

Kym said: "Since Wednesday we've sold 115 shirts and raised £1,000."

Red Shed Prints were at Tesco in Kettering on Sunday along with Big Bopper Entertainment to collect for Wicksteed Park. Kym says the day was a success and 30 orders were made.

Adult shirts cost £14 and child sizes are £9, all profit is going to Wicksteed Park's fundraiser. Kym said: "I am taking on the cost of the t-shirts, ink and delivery.

"I'd love to ask if anyone or any local companies want to donate us the cost of the t-shirts or donate a load of t-shirts or clothing. We can then donate the full amounts charged to Wicksteed."

Looking forward, Kym said: "We are going to keep going and come up with different designs. At the moment it's just t-shirts but people have asked for vests and dog clothing."

Customers will have to wait between a week to two weeks for their orders because Red Shed Prints have a limited stock of t-shirts and are making them to order.

Kym said: "We don't want to waste money by buying in lots of t-shirts and not be able to sell them all, that would be money that couldn't go to Wicksteed Park."

Kym and her partner Jaygun both have full time jobs alongside Red Shed Prints. Kym works as an administrator for a construction company and Jaydun is an engineer who has been a key worker throughout lockdown.

Kym said: "We created the business last year in the hope that we could build it up for a couple of years and then become self-employed, it's something I have always wanted to do."

If you'd like to get a #SaveWicksteed t-shirt from Red Shed Prints, visit their website here.

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