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Trading Boundaries: Health & Safety

Please take the time to read the following update:

Although we were remaining optimistic, it is with heavy hearts that we’ve decided to temporarily close our showrooms and café with immediate effect. We feel this is the right thing to do to safeguard the health of not only everyone who shops with us but also our wonderful staff and their families.

Our website is bursting with wonderful products for you to browse and purchase online, so please take some time to have a look. We’re happy to facilitate ‘click and collect’ for local customers whilst adhering to strict social distancing protocols, otherwise please use our regular delivery options.

We are also looking at other ways to keep our loyal customers abreast of products and offers, so if you haven't already signed up to our mailing list please do so by using the link on our homepage so you stay up to date with news and developments. Our Facebook and Instagram feeds will also be busy so please like, comment and share so we can keep in touch.

Live Music & Events

Please note that all live music events until the end of May have been postponed. We continue to monitor the situation and have been in touch with all guests who have purchased tickets to any postponed events. We will announce revised dates as soon as possible so please bear with us during these extraordinary times and please be assured that any postponed concert will be rescheduled.

Support Independent Shops

We’d like to make a special request. If you decide to purchase any goods online rather than venturing out over the coming weeks, we urge you to consider looking at the websites of independent businesses such as ours. Large well known businesses will be able to weather this storm more easily than local, family run shops who may need your support now more than ever. So regardless of what it is you need, or where you live, please spend a few extra minutes searching for a company who really needs your support.

We hope you stay well and as unaffected by these unprecedented circumstances as possible!

Thank you all so much for your continued support!

Best Wishes & Love
The Trading Boundaries Team xxx

Please help The Sambhali Trust

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Please help The Sambhali Trust

Please help us to help The Sambhali Trust - £1.50 can feed a family of 5 for one day!
We are are living through extraordinary times. Our lockdown in the UK is a challenge in so many ways, but it’s a real call for protection and survival.


Regular customers will know that at the heart of Trading Boundaries lies a passion for India which stretches back almost 25 years. Throughout this time we have supported multiple charities in the country however, it was only in 2014 that we discovered a hugely worthwhile Indian charity called The Sambhali Trust which blew us away with their dedication and kindness. Given the current worldwide climate we would like to update you on what they are doing to give aid during the Coronavirus and also ask for your help.

Each country has had its own response to Covid 19. India was a little later than some in adopting WHO guidelines but once in force, the regulations have been stringent to say the least. The majority of India’s workforce is paid daily - it is the virtual definition of a hand to mouth existence. At the beginning of the lockdown this enormous workforce was on the move - returning home to survive, because construction, and all other business in India, was closed down.

Hundreds of thousands of manual workers and their families were left with no choice other than to return to their villages in the hope of finding aid. This was the largest migration of people since Partition in 1947 and very hard to imagine! The sad reality is that so many of these families were beginning to starve on their way to way home - and when they arrived many were not allowed in to their village without 14 days quarantine and had almost nothing to eat.

As many of you will know, Trading Boundaries has been committed to raising funds for Sambhali Trust for some years. We’ve been hugely impressed by their dedication and ‘can do’ approach with many issues such as education and empowering women in the cities of Rajasthan and surrounding villages. Right now, their efforts have a different focus. Please take a minute to watch this video, it’s a very short clip of how they are distributing much needed food to remote villages:-


https://www.facebook.com/SambhaliTrust/videos/919155235186255/

To add to the chaos, in the last few days the situation has changed. The Indian government realised its mistake inadvertently generating this huge migration which would inevitably spread the virus and changed its policy to locking down and quarantining all colonies of migrant workers. This has left enormous groups of people trapped in confined areas without access to food, and this is where Sambhali Trust, and also some of our very longterm suppliers, have stepped up to deliver food to those in desperate need.

Factories previously used to produce recycled paper or for block printing are now large-scale kitchens. The same staff have turned their hands to cooking and distributing food to those who need it most.

Here are some photos of how this is happening:-

 

At TB we have spent years developing relationships with our suppliers who for the most part have become close family friends. We are so proud of what they are doing to help their communities through this horribly troubling time. They know they will bounce back after this period and want to know they’ve done the best they can to help those most in need. This has reaffirmed our commitment to working with them all going forward, and we hope you feel the same when you buy their products.

We are also hugely proud of our relationship with The Sambhali Trust. We have always tried hard to give back to the communities on which our business was first based. Which is why we are now asking for your help. Sambhali are putting together food parcels which include rice, lentils, sugar, oil and vegetables which they deliver to anyone in need.

We’ve raided our collection tins at TB, and staff have also chipped in, and we’d love to be able to send as much as possible across to Sambhali UK.

If you feel you could help please donate through this link:-

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/donation-web/charity?charityId=1010900&stop_mobi=yes

In India a little can still go a long way - only £1.50 could stave off starvation for a family today, £10 will help see them through til next week. Anything you can spare will be hugely appreciated.

 

With love and thanks, TB x

 

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