We’re delighted to be supporting Dementia UK as our charity of the month throughout May!
During the month, you can round up your orders to the nearest £1 at the checkout and all money raised will be donated to Dementia UK.
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 Dementia UK:
Dementia UK is the specialist dementia nurse charity. Its nurses, called Admiral Nurses, offer life-changing support for families facing dementia. They provide compassionate one-to-one emotional support, guidance and practical advice – for families living with dementia, they are a lifeline.
Dementia UK believes that everyone who needs the support of a specialist dementia nurse should get one, and the charity is working hard to increase the number of Admiral Nurses across the UK.
Dementia UK receives no government funding and relies on voluntary donations.
To find out more about the vital work that Dementia UK does please visit their website.
Knitting and Dementia
Knitting isn’t just an enjoyable creative pastime – it’s also thought to reduce stress and anxiety, improve attention and concentration, and even reduce blood pressure, all of which can be beneficial for people living with dementia and their carers.
Dementia UK has shared an article on knitting and dementia, including how handmade ‘twiddle muffs’ may be helpful for people living with the diagnosis: visit dementiauk.org/knitting-and-dementia/.
Dementia UK is a registered charity in England and Wales (1039404) and Scotland (SCO47429). A company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales (02944156).
Last month's charity of the month:
Throughout April we supported Save the Children, raising money for the Child Emergency Fund. Through your generosity, we have raised an incredible amount thanks to checkout donations. We’ll also be matching your donations bringing the total raised for the charity to £1,262. This money will go directly towards helping them reach children in Ukraine, Afghanistan and Yemen whose lives have been turned upside down by war. It will also help protect children at extreme risk of famine in East Africa.
Thank you so much for continuing to support our monthly charities!
This month, we're supporting Save the Children as our charity of the month, raising money for the Child Emergency Fund. Your support can help them reach children in Ukraine, Afghanistan and Yemen whose lives have been turned upside down by war. And it can help protect children at extreme risk of famine in East Africa.
Throughout April, you can round up your orders to the nearest £1 at the checkout and all money raised will be donated to Save the Children, a registered charity 213890 and SC039570.
Your generosity means Save the Children can help Ukrainian children make it through the toughest times of their lives. 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 Save the Children:
Save the Children exists to help every child reach their full potential. In the UK and around the world, they make sure children stay safe, healthy and keep learning, so they can become who they want to be. They also provide families with advice and information, as well as food and other essentials.
Save the Children has set up a distribution station at the Romanian border with Ukraine to help families fleeing conflict. It's supplying essential items such as food, water and blankets and warm socks, as well as toys for children.
They run child friendly spaces at a Reception Centre, where there are rooms where children can play and recover from the traumatic experiences they've been through.
To find out more about the work they do, visit their website.
Last month's charity:
Throughout March we helped to support Versus Arthritis and raised £744.04, thanks to your checkout donations. Thank you so much to everyone who donated! We’ll also be matching your donations, bringing the total raised for the charity to £1488.08.
Mother’s Day is a time to appreciate all the wonderful mother figures out there, whether it be a mum, an auntie, a grandma, sister, friend, or anyone else that gives that motherly support we all need from time to time. They all deserve to be celebrated and appreciated! Our little gift guide includes small and sweet projects that you can gift, to show your appreciation at any time of the year, as being thankful for those special people in our lives doesn’t have to be saved for special days!
If you have a favourite photo you’d like to give as a gift, why not pretty up a simple frame with these lacey knitted picture frame covers, to make them even more special.
A perfect gift, bunting just has a way of bringing a bit of joy to a room! Our floral bunting crochet pattern can be made in whichever colour you like and in as many colours as you’d like!
These crochet storage pots would make a lovely gift in themselves and would also be great as a reusable gift box! Fill with all sorts of treats from sweets and chocolates to bath smellies.
Gifting plants is a lovely thing, whether you’ve chosen and bought a special plant or re-potted one of your own with love. Add these crocheted hanging plant pot covers and you have even better gift!
What could be better than flowers that last forever! We’ve chosen Sirdar Happy Cotton yarn to make these pretty knitted flowers in a pot, which is available in just about every shade you can think of!
These stripey knitted hanging hearts are so sweet. You could fill with dried lavender to hang in a wardrobe, or, knit in a plain colour and embroider different designs to personalise them.
We’ve chosen the Emu Classic DK range for these crochet bags. The pattern is for three different sized bags, which are handy for storing anything from craft projects to a packed lunch!
A practical but pretty gift, this washcloth set could be gifted with some bath treats, candles, tea and maybe even some indulgent chocolate for a little pamper hamper.
For the tea lover! This bobble top tea cosy is a fun gift to give and make!
You can never have too many shopping bags! This knitted bag can be folded down small enough to fit into a handbag, so it’s there just when is needed!
Happy making everyone!
We’re delighted to be supporting Versus Arthritis again as our charity of the month throughout March!
We supported Versus Arthritis in March 2021 and with the help of everyone who donated, we managed to raise an amazing £2,877.
During the month, you can round up your orders to the nearest £1 at the checkout and all money raised will be donated to Versus Arthritis, a registered charity in England and Wales (207711) and Scotland (SC041156).
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 Versus Arthritis:
Versus Arthritis are the UK’s leading charity dedicated to helping the 10 million people with arthritis. They believe that no one should face arthritis alone and refuse to accept arthritis insidiously stealing life from people. The charity does this by funding pioneering research, supporting people with arthritis at every stage of their journey and campaigning to raise awareness amongst government and policy makers.
To find out more about the vital work that Versus Arthritis does please visit their website here.
Versus Arthritis March Knitting Challenge:
This March you can join an amazing knitting community to help raise money for people with arthritis. Your fundraising will help to ensure that one day, no one has to tolerate the pain, fatigue and isolation of arthritis alone, whilst challenging yourself to knit every day in March.
Versus Arthritis March Knitting Challenge is a fundraising challenge which you can make your own. Simply set your own target of how much you want to knit throughout the month. You could take on one long knitting pattern to be completed by the end of March or aim to knit lots of smaller items that could be given to friends in exchange for donations. It’s up to you! If you want to crochet instead of knitting, you can do that too!
Versus Arthritus will be there with you every step of the way! No matter your target, all achievements are celebrated in their supportive challenge Facebook Group. You can find the group here. You’ll also find some great ideas there if you’re stuck for inspiration.
The challenge starts on Tuesday 1st March 2022 and ends on 31st March 2022. If you are unavailable that day don’t worry, you can choose a different day in the month to start your knitting (or crochet) challenge.
Follow the four simple steps below to join the challenge:
- Join a wonderful community of knitters in our Facebook group.
- Register your details with the charity so they can thank you at the end
- Start your Facebook fundraiser – it takes just 45 seconds.
- Set your knitting challenge, either one project, lots if items, or a set amount of time knitting each day in the month
For more information, take a look at the frequently asked questions here for everything you need to join thousands of others taking part in the March Knitting Challenge.
Arthritis and related musculoskeletal conditions affect 18.8 million people in the UK and are the single biggest cause of pain and disability in the UK.
Musculoskeletal conditions account for a fifth of all sickness absence and result in the loss of around 28.2 million working days to the UK economy each year - behind coughs/colds MSK conditions are the biggest reason that days are lost from work.
57% of people living with arthritis experience pain everyday – it has an impact on everything they do. It isn’t just older people who are affected – everyone can have arthritis, with approximately 12,000 young people living with arthritis.
For more information about Arthritis please click here.
To help you on your way with the March Knitting Challenge we’re giving away 2 FREE 'PDF – Print at Home' patterns! Follow the links below to the patterns and enter code MARCHVA at checkout. DOn't forget to round-up your orders to the nearest £ when you checkout!
*Free pattern discount expires at 23:59pm on 31 March 2022.
Last month's charity:
Throughout February we helped to support WWF-UK and raised an incredible £, thanks to your checkout donations. Thank you so much to everyone who donated! We’ll also be matching your donations, bringing the total raised for the charity to £1744.48.