Ladder Clubbies and supporters join together in tribute to Lynn Tait
A whole crowd of publishers came together early this morning (Wednesday June 7) to pay tribute to Lynn Tait, founder of The Ladder Club who died last Thursday (June 1).
It was shoulder to shoulder as card publishers and supporters of The Ladder Club crammed onto the stairs at PG Live this morning, holding flowers and letters that spelt out the poignant message ‘Lynn’s Lasting Legacy’.
A heart-felt cheer went out from all involved in remembrance of the passing of this very special lady who had helped so many and touched so many people.
PG Buzz shares some of the many tributes paid to Lynn and the impact she had on their lives. (Many others also appear in PG’s June edition).
Tributes to Lynn
“Lynn was extraordinarily inspiring; both in the way she just got on with things and the brilliant humour she did it in. All this when for much of the time, I bet she wasn’t feeling up to it. We all need people like Lynn in our lives and sadly most of us don’t ever find them. I know PGL will make me think how lucky I was to have known her.” Matt and Beth Genower, Five Dollar Shake.
“It’s truly an impossible task trying to sum up the enormous debt of gratitude that is owed to Lynn in just a few lines. She offered unconditional support, sound advice, a shoulder to cry on and friendship – not only to us but to countless other greeting card publishers over many years. She was truly unique in her generosity to share her wealth of experience and kindness with so many others and it is no exaggeration to say that the flourishing greeting card industry in the UK has Lynn to thank for enabling much of its creative talent to succeed in such a competitive market. She was an inspiration to us all and we thank her so much for her support and friendship.” Hannah Wrendale, Wrendale Designs
“I am full of gratitude to Lynn for her support as I’ve grown my business – from the Ladder Club I attended in 2014 to where I am today. None of this would be have been possible without her words of encouragement, wisdom and kindness. She was such an inspiration.” Gabrielle Izen of Gabrielle Izen
“Lynn was a massive help to us over the last couple of years, right from the first moment we met her. She always looked out for us and her wealth of knowledge has been so extensive, we just wouldn’t have got to where we are now without her mentoring. To invest so much time into nurturing new publishers is a selfless act. Lynn was one of kind.” Amanda and Frank Mountain, co-owners of Lola Design
“Lynn started as a customer and became a friend. As a customer she was just so encouraging and complimentary that you wanted to pull out all the stops! Since becoming involved with The Ladder Club I have been blown away by how that also translated in helping so many new publishers with their businesses and ideas – always encouraging, always positive, always there to reassure and work through their anxieties. She truly was one in a million.” Wendy Jones-Blackett, co-founder of Wendy Jones-Blackett
“I first met Lynn at The Ladder Club back in 2011, a seminar which ultimately inspired me to pursue my journey into the greeting card world. Since then, Lynn was always on hand for any advice or to answer any questions (even if it was at 3am in the morning!). There would be many more mistakes made without her help.” Megan Purdie, founder of Megan Claire
“I loved Lynn dearly and am so grateful to have had the privilege of serving her Ladder Club community for 14 years this year.” Jeremy Corner, md of Blue Eyed Sun
“From the very first day we joined The Ladder Club Lynn was like a mother to us, giving us guidance we very much needed every step of the way. Our journey with a greeting card business would not have been the same without her advice, inspiration and passion.” Regina and Indra, co-owners of Chocogreetings
“Lynn was such an inspiration. She was such a strong and positive person making so much time and encouragement for every single person in The Ladder Club, no matter what. She really taught me to believe in myself and to work hard, but also when it gets too much it’s OK to head to the beach with my family.” Georgia Frost, founder of Georgia Breeze
“Lynn was one in a million. Lynn taught me about how friendly the greeting card industry is. She was such a fantastic support to The Ladder Clubbies, always commenting and liking posts on the Club’s Facebook page, and she stopped by everyone’s stands at the trade fairs to see how we’re going.” Lizzie Chancellor, founder of Lizzie Chancellor
“Lynn was amazing and was always happy to offer help, advice and support. She gave great encouragement to new publishers, which helped build your confidence. When I think of Lynn I always think of her saying, “Never display your cards in cellobags at a trade show.” This always makes me chuckle when I think of it as I did this when I first started out but have never done it since hearing Lynn’s words of wisdom.” Alexa Stretton, founder of Always Sparkle