Yandles Hobby Shop in Martock, Somerset, is inviting enthusiastic crafters along to its ‘Knit A Nurse-athon’ on Saturday 22 March – to raise money to help disabled and terminally ill children.
The shop is a well-known mecca for crafts fans, selling a wide range of crafting goods.
Yandles Hobby Shop Manager Kirsty White said: “We have quite a large knitting community in the area so we are hoping to get lots of people involved with our fundraising day.
“Our workshop will be open as a ‘drop-in’ centre between 10am and 3pm on Saturday the 22nd, so knitters can come along and pick up a copy of the knitted nurse pattern – or they can stay for tea and cake and work together to complete nurses in groups. The knitted nurses will then be given to Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children, to sell and raise money to help fund their Nurse Helpline. In addition, we are inviting people to donate other handcrafted goods, and any cash donations made on the day will also go to Newlife.”
She added: “If anyone is unable to come into Yandles Hobby Shop on the fundraising day but would like to help us help Newlife, they can download a copy of the pattern from our website – www.yandles.co.uk – and we are happy to send any knitted nurses to the charity after the event as we will continue to support Newlife campaign.
Newlife Foundation is one of the UK’s leading children’s disability charities and has funded 95 Equipment Grants for children in Somerset, totalling £185,404.
All of the charity’s practical support services are accessed through the Newlife Nurse Helpline – freephone 0800 902 0095 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The team of nurses offers information and support on a range of disability issues.
Other Newlife services include Just Can’t Wait – an emergency equipment loan programme for terminally ill and life-limited children, delivering support to families’ homes within 72 hours – and Play Therapy Pods which offer an opportunity to trial a range of specialist toys.
Newlife CEO Sheila Brown, OBE, said: “We are very grateful to everyone at Yandles for supporting our national ‘Knit A Newlife Nurse’ fundraising campaign. As statutory service budgets continue to be cut, more and more families of disabled and terminally ill children are turning to charities like ours for help – often at times of crisis. It is vital that our Newlife Nurse Helpline can continue to support these families when they need us most.”
To find out more about Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children, go to www.newlifecharity.co.uk
Pictured: Newlife Lead Nurse Karen Dobson with an armful of knitted companions.