Christmas came early as Red Kite hosted its annual festive market - welcoming more people than ever before.

Every year the housing association holds a Christmas market at their offices at Kingsmead Business Park, Loudwater, to help support local independent businesses and charities.

This year included stalls run by ToolShed, Men in Shed, Wycombe Wanderers Sports and Education Trust, Talk Back and Lady Ryder Memorial Garden.

Many of the stallholders are also graduates from Red Kite’s business start-up courses which it offers for free to people in the community.

Wycombe Santa also made a visit to the event, held on Wednesday, December 4, as well as Wycombe District Council’s chairman Cllr Paul Turner.

There was also free mince pies and mulled wine and entertainment provided by 1940s singing duo Dulcet Tones.

Bazgha Sultana, engagement and events manager at Red Kite said: “This year’s event was brilliant, and we welcomed more people than ever before.

“At Red Kite we strive to be more than just a housing provider. We want to help realise the potential in our communities, which is why we organise and fund events such as the Christmas market.

"Watching people we have supported through our business school doing well and starting their journey to a successful business is a fantastic feeling.”

To find out more about the work Red Kite does in the community - and the charities it supports - visit their website at