A virtual Christmas fayre has been launched to support independent businesses.

Organiser Claire Payne, from Burnham-on-Crouch wanted to bring the community together to support independent businesses who are having a tough time during the coronavirus pandemic.

So far over 150 businesses have signed up to the fayre, which runs on Facebook.

Each business pays £10 to take part and all money raised will go towards Burnham Carnival 2020 and the Dengie First Responders.

Claire said: "I saw the idea on a community group in Leigh-on-Sea and messages to see if they would mind if I used the idea and they were more than happy for me to.

"We are working with crafters and more independent businesses so they can showcase what they have for Christmas.

"It can be gifts, services or experiences, everything is unique to its lovely to see.

"It's bringing everyone together and giving the businesses a vital opportunity.

Each business can post up to three posts a day on the Facebook group in the lead up to Christmas.

Claire said: "It's been really great so far, the group is a lovely community group.

"Everyone has been so supportive and is really getting behind out independent businesses.

"I thought we would maybe have a few join up but we have raised over £1500 so far, so at least 150 businesses have joined and I have move to add so that total will keep going up.

"I would love to raise £2000 if possible.

Claire plans to continue to fayre in the run up to Christmas and possible further.

She said: "Who knows maybe we will continue.

"Maybe Easter gifts and then Mothers Day after that, but for now it's just until Christmas."