I really enjoy crafting for charities and good causes. Not only does it raise money and awareness of issues, I get to hone my skills too. Last year I supported seven different charities.
These crocheted flowers were for a yarn bomb during Bath in Fashion 2016, all in aid of the Royal United Hospital Forever Friends Cancer Care campaign.
In May, I crocheted these daisies for The Daisy Bear Guinness World Record attempt, which was in memory of Emma Welch, who was an amazing young lady who had raised lots of money for brain tumour research. Emma sadly died from complications after an operation to correct scoliosis – she was just 14. Her family and friends carried on her excellent work and were inspired to attempt two world records, the first to have the most people crocheting simultaneously and the second to produce the largest display of crocheted items. Unfortunately they didn’t break the first record but they smashed the second one, with more than 31,000 daisies received from all over the world.
June was spent crocheting for two yarn bombs and my first attempt at amigurumi.
I got quite carried away with this selection of lovelies for Oxfordshire Mind, who provide services to those affected by mental health problems.
These fantasy fish were displayed in Rowntree Park in York. After the display was taken down the fish were sold, raising over £600 for the York Flood Relief.
The following month I made this little lady for Yarndale. These community projects are so popular. Over 700 crocheted or knitted little woolly sheep were sent to Yarndale from 32 countries around the world. The project raised over £3100 for Martin House, which provides family-led care and support to children and young people with life-limiting illnesses.
August saw a bit of a departure from the fundraising with a campaign to raise awareness about the shortage of midwives in the UK. Almost 500 knitted, or crocheted, midwives were displayed at The Royal College of Midwives conference in November. Some of them were sold after the event raising £1600 for the RCM Benevolent fund.
My final project of the year was for Woolly Hugs raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society, a charity very close to my heart. Unfortunately the cream cowl and pink booties didn’t sell, but the other items raised £22.