WIGANERS are being asked to share their top stress-busting tips to take some of the hassle out of Christmas preparations.
Retail store Ena Mill, in Atherton, is collecting advice to ensure the Yuletide festivities are as enjoyable as possible from across the borough for a special charity ebook.
The mill hopes to collate a valuable guide to a low-stress Christmas, with advice on everything from ensuring the turkey does not burn on the big to picking and wrapping the perfect presents to working out the best options for decorating homes.
The completed ebook will be given out digitally for free, but Ena Mill is encouraging people to make a small donation to Wigan and Leigh Hospice.
Ena Mill owner Simon Yates said: “Christmas is fun, but planning and making it can happen can sometimes be a little bewildering and stressful.
“There’s so much good advice out there that can help everyone, it seems a shame not to share it. That’s what the appeal’s about.
“It can be about anything, from cooking tips to how to wrap presents to culinary etiquette; literally anything that will help.
“We want to share the best knowledge, and if we raise a little money for charity along the way that would be great.
“We asked staff which charity they wanted to support, and Wigan and Leigh Hospice is well known to us all. It seemed that everyone knew someone who had friends or family touched by their work.
“We won’t be charging for the tips booklet, but we hope customers who find the advice useful will make a small donation.”
The mill is encouraging customers to send in their advice by handing in their top tips at the outlets’ tills, by logging on to the mill’s Facebook site or by emailing.
Anyone downloading the ebook, which will be available from the outlet’s website and through social media, will be invited to make a donation to the hospice, which employs a team of specialist nursing staff and around 700 volunteers to offer a wide range of care to patients at its state-of-the-art headquarters in Hindley and in their own homes across the borough.
The hospice’s communications officer Edwin Matthews said: “We are delighted that Ena Mill has chosen to support the hospice, and that they have chosen such a modern approach to fund-raising.
“We continually rely on the goodwill of the local community in order to ensure we provide the level of care our patients need.”
The deadline for submitting Christmas tips to Ena Mill is November 23, and the ebook should be ready to download in the first week of December.