Help is needed for Stoneygate Christmas Market to have a smashing time

By Max Pearson

A woman with Multiple Sclerosis is calling for people to donate their unwanted plates, ornaments or any other smashable items for a stall at Stoneygate Christmas Market on November 26.

The idea was conceived by Jem Redden, who broke things at home as a way of taking out her anger after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis nine years ago.

Ms Redden said: “There’s something quite satisfying when smashing glass and it releases the feel good hormones.

Smash story Jem Redden

Jem Redden

“I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis nine years ago, and this year it started to show signs that it was progressing.”

The former Journalism student at De Montfort University, who now works as a marketing consultant, added: “It meant I had to rely on people, but I am a very independent person, so it frustrated the hell out of me.

“I broke things at home and even tried to release my anger at bottle banks but there’s not much room to smash through the bottle holes in the bottle banks, so, after a year of thinking about this business idea and doing my research I decided I need to make it a reality.”

Around 100,000 people in the UK have Multiple Sclerosis, which is a neurological condition that affects the nerves and is caused by the immune system not working properly.

However, this has not stopped Jem as she plans to turn the stall into a business in 2018 at a yet to be confirmed location in Leicester.

“Smash is going to be a space where you can get out your frustrations by smashing glass and pottery, then creating art out of the destruction in the form of a mosaic.

“People can choose to smash and create or simply come along to smash.

“The launch will be early 2018, but to tease what’s coming, I’m holding a stall at the Stoneygate Christmas Market, where people can throw wooden balls at glass and pottery.”

The Christmas Market is held by the Stoneygate Shops on Allandale Road and Francis Street in Stoneygate at the end of November each year, and will feature entertainment, arts and crafts, a Santa’s Grotto and festive food and drink.

If you would like to donate any items, you can contact Jem Redden by email at

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