Pam Plant says she was “reduced to tears” by the industry’s reaction to her resignation from BHETA at this week’s Exclusively Housewares show.
Exhibitors and retailers raised a four-figure sum for a parting gift for Plant, and signed a book with messages of goodwill. Many also wore specially-made Pam Plant badges.
“It was absolutely lovely, I’ve got another lump in my throat,” Plant told HousewaresLive.net. “To put the book together has reduced me to tears – the comments in there are fantastic. I’ll have it till my dying day. To the individuals who took the time and trouble to sign the book, thank you very much indeed, and the people who stopped me in the aisles, I’d like to thank them too.
“And to everybody who wore my badge, thank you, because it really put a smile on my face.”
The collection of money and the signing of the book were organised by Clare Turner, editor of Housewares Magazine, and Laurie Marrington, sales executive on Housewares and HousewaresLive.net.
Said Plant: “Laurie and Clare were absolutely brilliant, and the support I’ve had from you and your team has just been unbelievable. Faversham House [publisher of Housewares and HousewaresLive.net] did such a lot that it’s a massive personal thank you to them for all their time and endeavours. Their names were mentioned over and over and over again to me.”
The money raised will be used to buy holiday vouchers, and more is expected to come in. Anyone still wanting to make a contribution should send a cheque made out to Expose Travel to Laurie Marrington at Faversham House Group, 232a Addington Road, South Croydon CR2 8LE.
Plant, who will be leaving her role as housewares director of BHETA at the end of this month, added: “I’m really looking forward to spending my holiday voucher!”