Charity of the Month - Versus ArthritisPrint
We’re delighted to be supporting Versus Arthritis as our charity of the month throughout March!
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 Knit-a-thon:
The Knit-a-thon is a Facebook fundraising challenge taking place on Saturday 6th March and running throughout March. The idea is simple: pick up your knitting needles or crochet hook and knit for as long as you can on the 6th to support the 10 million people in the UK living with arthritis. The money raised from this challenge will help Versus Arthritis to continue funding ground-breaking research and services, so that no one must tolerate the pain, fatigue and isolation and of arthritis.
You can adapt the challenge to suit you, so whether that’s finishing that project you started last year or learning a new stitch – everyone is welcome! So far, Versus Arthritis have raised £38,500, with 4600 people taking part. Individuals are knitting an item for each of their sponsors, teaching themselves how to knit or learn a new stitch and are getting sponsored to knit a number of items to donate.
To take part in this challenge, join the dedicated Facebook community here, where you will find more information on how to create a fundraiser and receive support from the Versus Arthritis Fundraising team, all while connecting with thousands who are taking on the challenge this month.
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.
Last month's charity:
Throughout February we helped to support Samaritans and raised an incredible £2,738, 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 £5,476.