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Charity of the Month - Young Lives Vs Cancer

By Vanessa 22 days ago

We’re delighted to be supporting Young Lives Vs Cancer as our charity of the month throughout September!

During the month, you can round up your orders to the nearest £1 at the checkout and all money raised will be donated to Young Lives Vs Cancer, a registered charity in England and Wales (1107328) and in Scotland (SC039857).

We’ll again be matching all donations so whatever you donate, we’ll donate the same, doubling the total amount raised for the charity.

About Young Lives Vs Cancer:

When a child is diagnosed with cancer life becomes full of fear, for them and their family. Fear of treatment, but also of families being torn apart, overwhelming money worries, of having nowhere to turn, no one to talk to.

Young Lives vs Cancer are there to help families find the strength to face whatever cancer throws at them.

Young Lives vs Cancer support those from birth, up until the age of 25, and ensure they and their families, will get the support and help they need during their cancer treatment and beyond.

The charity also supports the 10 families a week who have to face the unthinkable, the death of a child. They are there to help them prepare and come to terms with their loss, at a pace that feels right for them, and encourage them to think about how their child can be remembered.

Young Lives vs Cancer receives no government funding, so their tailored and specialised support relies entirely on generous donations from the public.

To find out more about the vital work that Young Lives Vs Cancer does please visit their website here.

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month:

Throughout September, for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Young Lives vs Cancer, will be helping children with cancer have their voices heard…they may be little, but they have BIG voices!

Having cancer when you’re a child is scary, lonely, relentless and painful. Over the past year our children have missed out on so much. But for many children with cancer they are still swapping classrooms for chemotherapy, still waving at family members through windows and watching friends blow out birthday candles via phone screens.

This Childhood Cancer Awareness Month we want everyone to see children with cancer for who they are and who they want to be. Because they are more than their cancer.

In the UK, children with cancer face an average 60-mile round trip to hospital to get life-saving treatment, with many travelling further. This isn’t by choice. Many young cancer patients have to travel to specialist cancer centres to get the care they need – they can’t just go to their local hospital. This means that families often have to stay away from home for long periods of time, or undertake regular long distance travel.

Any support you can give would be greatly received, ensuring young cancer patients and their families don’t have to face it alone.

Last Month’s Charity:

Throughout August we helped to support Renew Counselling and raised over an incredible £1,141 thanks to your checkout donations and our matched donations. Thank you so much to everyone who donated!
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Charity of the Month - Renew Counselling

By Vanessa 2 months ago

We’re delighted to be supporting Renew Counselling as our charity of the month throughout August!

During the month, you can round up your orders to the nearest £1 at the checkout and all money raised will be donated to Renew Counselling, registered charity in England (1084940). We’ll again be matching all donations so whatever you donate, we’ll donate the same, doubling the total amount raised for the charity.

About Renew Counselling:

Renew Counselling provide high quality, effective and affordable counselling to help people face whatever life throws at them, to support those most vulnerable in our community - this includes children, young people, adults, couples and more.

Renew recognise the importance of providing a wide range of high-quality counselling and therapy services. Their goal is to ensure that everybody has access to counselling services should they need them. The pandemic has had a detrimental impact on many people's mental health and despite lockdown causing difficulties, Renew have continued to provide support to all those that need it.

To find out more about the vital work that Approach Dementia Support does please visit their website here.

Last Month’s Charity:

Throughout July we helped to support Approach Dementia Support and raised over an incredible £1,333, thanks to your checkout donations and our matched donations. Thank you so much to everyone who donated!

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Charity of the Month - Approach Dementia Support

By Vanessa 3 months ago

We’re delighted to be supporting Approach Dementia Support as our charity of the month throughout July!

During the month, you can round up your orders to the nearest £1 at the checkout and all money raised will be donated to Approach Dementia Support, registered charity in England and Wales (1151038).

We’ll again be matching all donations so whatever you donate, we’ll donate the same, doubling the total amount raised for the charity.

About Approach Dementia Support:

Approach Dementia Support has been providing specialist dementia services in Staffordshire since 1981. Approach offers quality services to promote positive well-being for both individuals living with dementia and their families.

They believe that anyone affected by dementia should be supported to live their life the way they choose.

They provide person-centred dementia services in Staffordshire to provide 1-2-1 and group community-based activities which enables and encourages social interaction, emotional support and access information. Research highlights the importance of social interaction for those affected by dementia: physical, mental and social activity can help slow the progression of symptoms of dementia.

To find out more about the vital work that Approach Dementia Support does please visit their website here.

Last Month’s Charity:

Throughout May we helped to support Solving Kids’ Cancer and raised an incredible £1,302, thanks to your checkout donations and our donation matching.
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After The Storm Comfort Blanket

By Vanessa 3 months ago

They say after the storm, there is calm, as the sun emerges from the clouds. As we slowly drift into the summer months, it’s the perfect time to create this pretty blanket featuring bobble clouds with colourful raindrops!

The After the Storm Comfort Blanket has been designed by Crochet Sanctuary, exclusively for The Knitting Network and featured in Woman’s Weekly magazine as a two-part Crochet A-Long.

"We wanted something to represent pastel rainbow colours, there is a white panel running down the centre which has white fluffy clouds and raindrops from French knots (too cute!) and either side of those clouds are different coloured panels, each panel has a different textured stitch and it’s then top and tailed with beautiful fluffy pom poms. We really enjoyed creating this and feel that it will suit crocheters of abilities." - Lisa & Lynda-Rose, The Crochet Sanctuary.

After The Storm Blanket

You will also require 4mm crochet hook, stitch markers, large pompom maker (for optional pom poms).

The blanket will measure approximately 142.5 x 110cm/56 x 43in when complete. This is an intermediate pattern and would make a gorgeous addition to your home comforts.

After The Storm Comfort Blanket

This pastel blanket is a really enjoyable crochet project. Each colour pack includes all the Emu Classic DK yarn required to make it, plus a copy of the After The Storm Comfort Blanket pattern.

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