Knitting For Charity
Knitters are very generous people. We know that many of you already knit for charity and that there is a need for more promotion on knitting for charity. We have received many enquiries asking which charities need knitters and we hope to let you know, but we do need your help.
If you know of any fundraising activities which involves knitting, please let us know so that we can keep everyone informed
To tell us of any charity you are knitting for that would welcome help from other knitters, just click on the 'contact us' link in the menu above
Here are some projects currently involved in raising money through Knitting for Charity
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Knitting Takes Balls: Cancer Awareness Campaign Oxford
A campaign by Oxford Knit Wits knitting group has been launched for the Month of Male Cancer Awareness: "April is testicular cancer awareness month, and in its honour we've recruited some local men to take on a "balls-out challenge" with us for the Male Cancer Awareness Campaign, and we wanted to see what Oxford men could handle a REAL challenge. We've given the guys who didn't already know how to knit their very first set of balls (of wool) and taught them to knit (with their balls). Most are contributing squares to complete a blanket by the end of the month, but a few more ambitious man-wits intend to make their own scarves. Those of us (both ladies & men) who have more knitting skills are knitting a testicular cancer awareness blanket for MCAC".
Click here for more information
Click here for dedicated Facebook page and patterns
Project Linus UK
Project Linus UK is a volunteer organisation. We aim to provide a sense of security and comfort to sick and traumatised babies, children and teenagers through the provision of new home made patchwork quilts and knitted/crocheted blankets, and give volunteers across to UK the opportunity to contribute to their local community.
We are always looking to recruit more volunteer knitters as well as people to become coordinators in their local area collecting and delivering blankets.
Click here for more information if you would like to help
Click here for Lyn Antill's (National President of Project Linus UK) favourite blanket pattern
Love UnderDogs: Knit A Dog Coat
Love UnderDogs is one of the main organisations in the UK working to improve the lives of stray dogs in Romania and rehoming some of the most unwanted animals here in the UK.
Please send knitted dog coats to: F.A.O Pat Short, LoveUnderDogs, 23 Moseley Gate, Alcester Road, Birmingham B13 8JJ
Click here for pattern
Wool Against Weapons is in a beautiful and engaging craft project that will also raise awareness of nuclear weapons. This year on 9th August – the 69th anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki – we will highlight the on-going development of Britain's nuclear weapons programme (Trident) at AWE Aldermaston and AWE Burghfield by connecting the bases with seven miles of protest scarf. Join the rewoolution!
After we have finished, the scarf will be taken down and re-purposed in to blankets for local hospices, emergency areas and war zones. Nothing wasted
Click here for further information if you would like to take partWe need thousands of pieces in order to make seven-miles of scarf. Each piece of the scarf will measure 60cm wide x 100cm long – any thickness of yarn, any style, any stitch – be creative.
Knit For Peace: Distributing knitted Items to those in need.
We want to get everyone knitting!! Based on our experience of developing Knit for Peace over the last few years, we have learned that knitting is extremely important as an activity, that can be carried out right into extreme old age. It provides benefits both to the knitter and recipient. Once learned, knitting can be a skill for life.
Click here to find out more about how you can help
Cazz's Chemo Comforters
Cazz McLoughlin is currently going through cancer treatment. She'd like to get as many people as she can knitting/crocheting squares so that
Click here for information about how you can take part on Cazz's Facebook page
Needy Paws Project Worldwide
Michelle Mason runs a project knitting blankets for animals in shelters
The Freedom From Fistula Foundation: Big Knit Challenge
In Sierra Leone, The Freedom From Fistula Foundation manages ‘The Aberdeen Women’s Centre’. This centre currently provides free surgeries to women injured in childbirth, runs a children’s clinic, and now has a maternity clinic . Rehabilitation is an important part of the recovery process for our fistula patients. To help women rebuild their lives after surgery, we offer a wide range of services and opportunities. At one end of the spectrum, we teach basic literacy and numeracy skills, handicrafts and help to build confidence, and at the other end we offer enterprise training and loan/saving/insurance facilities. As part of our handicrafts training, some of our patients stitch together knitted squares to make blankets. This activity gives them something to do to fill their time as they recover and they also get the gift of a warm blanket to take home with them when they leave the hospital.
The Big Knit Challenge: We would like you to knit 6" or 8" blanket squares for our fistula patients and maternity units
Please send squares to: Freedom from Fistula Foundation, Robertson House, 1 Whitefriars Crescent, Perth PH2 0PA or drop them off at our Charity Shop Afri-Can, 225 High Street, Perth.
Click here if you would like to help and for all further information
Age UK: Knit A Message To Your MP
This winter 24,000 older people could die from the cold. But it doesn’t have to be like this: with proper insulation nearly all homes could be made much warmer, and many deaths could be prevented. We are calling on the Government to invest in making millions of homes much more energy efficient using the money it is already receiving in carbon taxes. This would be enough to pay for energy efficiency measures in at least 9 million homes over the next 15 years.
Click here for further information and pattern
Crochet For Kidneys Research: Part II - Hexagons
Following on from the great success of Crochet For Kidney Research UK in November 2013 where we crocheted enough purple and white squares to make up seven blankets for dialysis patients at the Royal Free London hospital, we are doing it again. This time blankets will consist of hexagon shapes.
Hexagons from all over the world are welcome, please follow guidelines below:
Click here to contact Natasja King and she will send you her postal address
Francis House Children’s Hospice offers the families of very sick children a respite from their role as carers and gives the children a loving home from home. Each year knitted chicks are made to help raise funds. If you would like to help with the 'chicken run' for 2014, please see below:
Charity Chicken Knitters
"Over 550 chicks of the ‘woolly’ kind have flown the coop from Francis House Children’s Hospice based in Didsbury, South Manchester, after months of work by a dedicated team of 8 chicken knitting ladies. The knitted chickens complete with crème egg, were then successfully sold for £1 in primary schools in the north west of England during the week before the Easter break. The figure raised this year was the best ever, with the proceeds of £650 going straight to the children’s hospice.
The idea came about 12 years ago after Jackie Hadfield from Radcliffe, a volunteer on the care team at Francis House, saw the pattern being knitted by a woman for her church bazaar. Jackie’s husband Graham, then a head teacher, was also raising awareness about the work Francis House through school assemblies, so they decided to take the chicks into the schools to see if they would help raise funds."
Click here to download chick pattern
Click here for Francis House website and information about how you can help
Knitting For Oxfam
We are delighted to receive knitted items or blankets which can be sold in our high Street shops to raise much needed funds for Oxfam’s humanitarian work. Please contact your local Oxfam shop to discuss the options or visit our website for more information.
Click here for patterns and more information about knitting for Oxfam
The Great Welly Sock Challenge & Row St Kilda To Skye
In 2014 a group of Skye men will be attempting to row the 100 miles from St Kilda to Skye. The boat they will row was built about 1880, and was last used in 1913. They have been working over many months to restore the boat and training intensively to prepare the crew for the challenge ahead. They will be rowing such an incredible journey to raise funds for the R.N.L.I and Skye & Lochalsh Young Carers.
Click here to find out more and to download welly sock pattern
Click here to contact Deirdre Nelson, lead textile artist, for details of where to send your knitted socks to
Disasters Emergency Committee: Philippines Disaster Appeal
The Disasters Emergency Committee is made up of 14 UK aid charities who act together in times of crisis: Action Aid, Age International, British Red Cross, CAFOD, Care International, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide, Islamic Relief, Merlin, Oxfam, Plan UK, Save the Children, Tearfund and World Vision; all collectively raising money to reach those in need quickly
If you would like to help through knitting you can donate any knitted items to any of the charities shown on the link below to help raise funds
Click here for list of charities of the DEC
Click here for more information
German Shepherd Rescue South
We are a small registered charity based in Hampshire, that rescue and rehome unwanted dogs throughout the UK. We would be grateful if anyone would be willing to donate knitted items such as soft toys or anything else that we could sell at our fundraising shows.
SPANA (Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad)
Model, designer and actress Twiggy Lawson is supporting a campaign that encourages people to get knitting to help raise funds for international animal welfare charity SPANA.
Click here for more information and patterns
The Tanzanian Baby Hat Project: KOFIA ('Kofia' means "hat" in swahili and stands for Knitting for Our Friends In Africa)
We have started a hat knitting project in response the high infant mortality in a rural Tanzanian village called Berega. Hypothermia is a huge issue associated with neonatal death and babies in harsh environments like Berega, which happens to be in the mountains to compound problems, are highly susceptible. Several medical studies have shown how effective a simple woolly cap can be in keeping hypothermia at bay. They are also needed for the malnourished babies who cannot regulate their body temperatures and the babies with infections that are made much worse by having hypothermia as a co-factor.
Our belief is that every baby should have a fair chance of survival. We are trying to focus on something that, as a community, we CAN change
Click here for more information about the project
Knitwear designer, Libby Summers is joining forces with Prostate Cancer UK in the fight against prostate cancer with the launch of her Tea Cosies For Victory pattern collection, after both her father and uncle were diagnosed with the disease.
In a bid to help those running a Tea For Victory party Libby, is encouraging people to knit her tea cosy designs and sell them at their event, to raise even more money for the charity, as well as keeping the tea warm for the guests! Half of the proceeds of pattern sales and 10% of the proceeds of kit sales will go to Prostate Cancer UK and will help to support the 40,000 men who are diagnosed with the disease in the UK each year. The tea cosy collection is aimed at the busy knitter or beginner knitter, as the template tea cosy pattern is very simple.
Click here for more information about holding your "Tea For Victory Party" on the Prostrate Cancer UK website
Click here for the Tea Cosies For Victory patterns
Get Sirius: Knit A Dog A Home
Based in London, we are working on a campaign to help raise money for 'Sirius Dog Sanctuary' that is based in Moni, Cyprus.
All animal welfare groups are really struggling to help the very high -and still rising- stray animal population of cats and dogs. With the financial crisis having hit Cyprus in the last year it is even harder than before to keep on top of vet bills, food and maintenance for all the animals in shelters. Sirius Dog Sanctuary has a no-kill policy which makes it even harder, as numbers keep growing, with dogs being dumped every week. At the moment there is no electricity in the building and the water temperature depends on weather temperatures which can rise up to 45 degrees C in summer.
We are looking for knitters to help knit dog jumpers and accessories to be sold on our online charity shop.
Click here for further information if you can help
Homeless Beanies: Knit Us A Beanie
A newly established homeless support project in West Yorkshire is searching for knitting enthusiasts and groups to help get its project up and running. Homeless Beanies UK want to hear from keen knitters to make hats for the organisation to sell on its website. For every hat sold a similar one is given to a homeless person. Any money made in selling the beanies will then also support local homeless charities.
We want to warm at least 200 heads by the end of 2013.
Click here for more details of how you can help
Royal Navy Royal Marine Children’s Fund
We are looking for volunteers over the UK to kindly donate their time and spare wool to make dolls, about 6 inches high (maybe bigger, whatever would be easiest for people to knit), like the images above - holding the hand of a child doll to symbolize ‘knitting the family’ back together.
The Royal Navy Royal Marine Children’s Fund is based in Portsmouth. We are currently working to produce a booklet to help families cope with Operational Stress Reaction. This is a condition that affects a huge amount of servicemen when they return from military operations and have to re-establish themselves in family life. OSR can often cause people to become depressed, withdrawn, nervous and even violent, plus the children and partners can be affected too. The booklet will cover ways of identifying OSR and then where to turn for help. It will also form part of a ‘kit’ to help ‘knit the family’ back together.
Click here to download patterns
Please post dolls to: Natalie Lloyd, Spider PR, 4 Leathermarket Street, London, SE1 3HN
Walk With Donkeys: Equine Sanctuary
My partner and I run a donkey sanctuary in south Crete. At the moment we have 18 donkeys, 1 mule, 4 horses, 1 shetland pony and 10 dogs!! This is a full time job, but in my spare time I knit little animals to sell to visitors and in our online Facebook fundraising page.
We would really welcome any donations of knitted animals or animal based items.
Please send knitted items to: FM Caravans Ltd, 169 Fountain Road, Hull, HU6 7DB
Ward End Cat Rescue: Help Us To Knit Mice
Sharon Gannon has written in about her local cats home - Ward End Cat Rescue who are trying to raise money to finish off their new cattery - they need £750 in total. Sharon is trying to help them, and so far she has got prizes for a raffle and now trying to find knitters to help us !!
One of their ideas for raising money is selling knitted items at some table top sales. So far they have 40 catnip mice, 2 knitted dogs, 2 knitted cats, 2 knitted elephants and a zebra !!!
One of the items they would really like help with is some catnip mice... We have about 40 knitted so far and we are going to be selling them for £1 each. The cats we have tested them on so far seem to really like them !!!They are also going to give all the cats in their care one each, so when they get re homed, they can take their mice with them...
Click here for website
West Wales Dog Rescue: Knitted Coats Request
This is a small Dog Rescue registered charity based at Cardigan, West Wales. We take in unwanted and ill treated dogs from the 3 counties of West Wales and rehome over the whole of the UK. We are entirely staffed by volunteers and receive no public funding. During the cold winters our dogs desperately need warm washable coats. It would be lovely if some knitters could help by knitting coats from tiny Yorkshire Terrier type size to really large for greyhound size dogs. We could supply the patterns if the knitters wish or they could use their own. We will offer a small prize for the most unusual. We would feature the coats and their knitters on our website and in our quarterly newsletter and would hope to get local publicity through newspapers.
Click here for more details if you would like to help
Kids Company: 'Heartsease' Project Ends February 2014
Kids Company provide practical, emotional and educational support to vulnerable inner-city children. Their services reach 17,000 children across London, including the most deprived and at risk whose parents are unable to care for them due to their own practical and emotional challenges.
The Heartsease Project is a way that knitters and makers can extend care to children they have never met by sending them special heart shaped bags; these can be keepers of hope and safety in the form of words, pictures of small treasures.
Click here for dedicated Facebook page
Loving Hands: Knitting for the UK and the World
Loving Hands work reaches across the globe. The hand knitted garments and gifts are sent direct to where they are urgently needed. The diversity of where Loving Hands work goes is incredible, from special baby care units in UK hospitals to those in need all across the world including Africa, South America, India and Eastern Europe.
We are Siblings Together, uniting brothers & sisters in care and adoption. We hold summer camps and drop in centres and befriending programmes for siblings all of whom are in care & adoption. We would love some colourful knitted blankets for the evenings around the campfire and to keep the children warm in their tents. We would also love knitted throws to sit on which are soft and colourful, our children like to dress up so we like silly hats and waistcoats and colourful leggings and scarves! ...
Delma Hughes, Founding Director suggest a new knitting project for 2013: "We all love ponchos, it would be brilliant for kids to have these to wear for camps, it really does get cold in the evenings. They could wear at camp and share, possibly take away with them to keep even if they become attached.We have a wide variety of different sized children, all from about 6yrs -18 yrs long and short wide and thin male & female, ponchos with or without hoods, pockets etc small teddies on a string!"
Click here for ponchos pattern on our Free Patterns page
Samantha Fahmy has recently started to knit and crochet baby items and toys for a local charity called Oldham Cats. Oldham Cats is a UK registered charity dedicated to rescuing and re-homing stray, abandoned and unwanted cats & kittens in the Oldham, Rochdale & Middleton areas of Greater Manchester area. So far she has raised over £200 for this small local charity through knitting and crochet. The items are kindly sold by the wool/haberdashery stall called Sew Inn in Oldhams indoor market. No items are too small and would be gratefully received.
Click here to contact Samantha if you would like to knit or crochet any baby crochet items tp help raise money for Oldham Cats
Stepping Stones Nigeria
Stepping Stones Nigeria is a Child Rights Charity working with and for children currently living in the Niger Delta. We have 4 programme areas: Advocacy and campaigns, Street Children, Education and Literacy. The Literacy team, have in the past 2 years launched the Read and Write Now Initiative (RAWN), aiming to dramatically improve literacy rates amongst disadvantaged children in the Niger Delta. Working with educational partners out in Nigeria, we are training and inspiring over 3, 400 teachers, from 1146 schools in one year to teach reading and writing to 85, 900 children using the fun and successful method of synthetic phonics.
Despite effective implementation of the ongoing training of teachers in such methods, the lack of class room teaching resources make hand knitted puppets an invaluable tool for teachers to best engage young children in learning how to read and write. There are 3 puppets which corresponds to characters, in the synthetic children reading books, inky (the mouse), Snake and Bee. These puppets, although a long way from some of the teaching materials we have become accustomed too, these puppets have proven such a ‘hit’ with the children, who needless to say having very little toys and possessions of their own, immediately adore them.
Click here to request patterns for puppets
Click here for website
FacilitAid: Burundi Bears
Over the years, our fundraising has been assisted by hundreds of knitters
from groups around the country, who have knitted our 'Burundi Bears' for
Every penny raised from the campaign will go directly to the work in Burundi - there are no UK salaries, and no expenses incurred in the UK. All the money is spent in the local economy and most of the labour involved is undertaken by women, local to the project.
Click here for further information about how you can help
The Battersea Dogs and Cats home have launched a knitting campaign to help raise awareness about Staffie dogs.
Jude Peppis writes: "Last year, we launched a campaign called ‘Staffies. They’re softer than you think’ to help rebrand the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. The campaign mascot is a knitted Staffie toy and we are hoping to encourage members of the public to download/purchase the knitting pattern to make their own knitted Staffies."
Click here for Facebook photo gallery of knitted Staffies
Click here for mouse pattern to be made and donated to help raise funds
Click here for article: "Get Knitting And Help Destitute Cats". Ahead of the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace on October 10-13 2013, Cats Protection has asked people to knit blankets and toy mice
Knit For Newlife: Help Support Disabled Children
The UK’s leading children’s disability charity is calling for knitters to ‘Knit for Newlife’.
Whether it is a favourite pattern or something new, Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children is asking for help in supporting thousands of children across the UK who rely on the charity to get the essential specialist equipment they need. Knitted and crocheted items will be sold at craft sales to boost funds. Every knitter will be supplied with special tags that show their first name and town or county, so those purchasing will know whose care and talent has gone into creating the items.
The ‘Knit For Newlife fund’ will buy essential items of equipment for specific children and the charity will report back to knitters with details of who has been helped and how.
Click here to find out more and how you can help
Age UK Waltham Forest: Keep Warm, Keep Well Knitters Network
Age UK Waltham Forest are seek knitters to help with supporting older adults in Waltham Forest who are at risk of ill health or death during the cold weather by knitting simple hats, scarves, gloves or squares for blankets. Items received will be distributed to adults we have identified as being at risk as part of a variety of 'warmth packs'.
Please send completed items to:
Click here to request further information
Anita Hunt has been in contact to tell us about an anti-bullying charity raising money and awareness through knitting:
"I wanted to let you know about my fundraising campaign for the charity Bullying UK. I have an Alan Dart designed 'Percy the Pigeon' knitting pattern. The idea is to encourage a child to tell someone if they are being bullied, as well as raise funds for the charity. My aim is to raise as much money as I can through downloads of the fantastic knitting pattern, for my fundraising campaign for Bullying UK"
Click here for more information
Erin Hounds Sighthound Rescue: Cheshire/North West Charity
Erin Hounds Sighthound Rescue is a small, albeit growing charity based in Cheshire with dog fosterers and supporters in parts of Merseyside and Sheffield.
It works to save, rehabilitate and rehome greyhounds and lurchers from Ireland, which would otherwise face death or a very grim future (e.g. retired racers aged just 4, failed and injured racers, 15 months plus, mistreated and abandoned lurchers etc etc..). We rehome all over the UK but primarily in this area.
We have homed over 100 dogs and we have a growing facebook presence and an website with a new and well used online shop www.erinhounds.co.uk. We can sell these at the many fundraising events we do also (where the dogs need plenty of layers as they stand for hours patiently doing their bit).
Click here to contact Rosey to request pattern or to donate wool
Click here for Erin Hounds website
We are a small locally run charity who have been providing memory boxes free to hospitals both locally and throughout the UK for 8 years now.We are always needing beautiful little items for our boxes and have patterns and wool to send anyone wiling to do this. The main items that we need are blankets in a varity of sizes, hats in the same size difference, and angel robes and pouches. They can be made in pastel blue, pink, lemon, green, lilac and white.
Click here for more details if you would like to help
Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders)
"Incredibly generous designers donate their time and knitting patterns to p/hop. These patterns are then available for you to download from our website www.p-hop.co.uk. All we ask is you make a donation to humanitatian aid organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)/Doctors Without Borders based on how many hours of pleasure you'll get from knitting your p/hop pattern. There is no set price for a pattern; you can donate 50p or £50. It's entirely up to you - P/HOP = PENNIES PER HOUR OF PLEASURE!
Knitters also swap unwanted yarn in return for donations through our Ravelry group and have lots of other ways for knitters to raise money and awareness about MSF on our website. Please come and join in the fun"
Click here for more details
Click here for group on Ravelry (login required)
Square Circle: Join The Knit A Squillion Challenge
Stars provide hospitals throughout the UK with knitted blankets,
hats and burial items for babies born too premature to survive.
Many of the hospitals do not have anything small enough for these
babies so many are left naked, wrapped in tissue or placed in
clothes far too big for them.
New Hope Rural Community Trust - UK
Maureen McMillan has written about
the above charity which is based in Orissa, India. It was a Leprosy
Charity but has now diversified. In the latest magazine she received,
they requested blankets, and baby clothes - for HIV+VE babies.
These babies are being abandoned by their families
because of fear and destitution.
Please send items to: Jill Ghanouni, New Hope Community Trust, 49 Alfred Street, Southampton SO14 ONB
here for further information
Teddies for Tragedies: Yorkshire Aid Convoy
Waen Chapel Outreach Project, St Asaph, Denbighshire North Wales: Items Needed For Annual Christmas Fair 29th November 2014
We are a group of all ages who crochet and knit items which are sold in aid of our Local Hospice and for the support group and day care provided for older people which currently provides friendship and support for 14 older people who live alone providng them with weekly hot meal and day care all run by volunteers with no paid staff. This care is open to anyone in need regardless of faith or belief. We would particularly welcome any donations of any craft materials e.g. wool knitting needles etc and we would also be very grateful for any completed knitted or crocheted items which we can sell at our annual craft fair which last year raised £5,000 in aid of our local hospice. Any donations are very gratefully recieved and acknowledged
Click here for website and contact details
Or write to: Waen Chapel Outreach Project, Waen Chapel, Waen, St Asaph , Denbighshire LL17 0DY