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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Age UK: Knit A Warm Home For Age UK
As part of this year’s campaign, we are asking people to knit a warm home for Cold Homes Week (2-6 February 2015), a week of action organised by the biggest ever public campaign and alliance to end fuel poverty, the Energy Bill Revolution. During Cold Homes Week, local Age UKs up and down the country will be proudly exhibiting these knitted warm homes and inviting MPs and local councillors to see them, prompting conversations about tackling fuel poverty locally. Everyone who knits a warm home can also enter our competition for the best knitted home.
Deadline: 31 January 2015
Click here for more information and patterns for you to take part
Knit A Tulip For ME
A group of mothers with children affected by ME/CFS have come together for a unique fundraising activity to raise awareness to the next leve. They plan to knit 25,000 tulips in a year.
The team of 20 women - who call themselves the 'AYME Mum's - are taking up their needles with family and friends to knit 25,000 tulips to raise awareness of the condition, which is thought to affect that number of children in the UK. The mothers, whose children are all members of the Association of Young people with ME (AYME), plan to complete the challenge over the course of the year, with the project ending in 2015.
They are very much hoping that more knitters will join in and help them reach their target. If you would like to help, the patterns are linked to the images above
Click here for Facebook page
Click here to contact the organizers
UK Coffee Week 2015: Project Waterfall Knitting Appeal (Deadline 31 March 2015)
The Allegra Foundation raises money to provide safe water to people in coffee-growing countries. Currently we are working with UK Charity, WaterAid to deliver Project Waterfall - building a sustainable water system in the remote community of the Mbulu District of Tanzania.
Please send completed sleeves to: Allegra Foundation, Walkden House, 10 Melton Street, London, NW1 2EB
Click here for further information
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 2015, 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
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
Knit For Peace: Cosy At Christmas
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. We receive daily donations of hand-knitted clothes from knitters all over the UK. We never sell the clothes, we send them to where they are needed. We give to a diverse range of services, such as refugee centres, homeless shelters, and hospitals. We also send knitting abroad.
We are asking people to knit or crochet squares and make them up into dressing gowns as a warm alternative to the usual blankets.
This project is a great opportunity for knitting groups to get together and to create something beautiful from scratch. Why not start up a group and each knit a square which can be sewn or crocheted together as a group and there may be one person who would like to crochet a border around the edges to bring the whole project together. For those fast knitters perhaps you may wish to take on this project yourselves.
Click here to find out more about how you can help
Click here to download our Dressing gown pattern
Send your completed dressing gowns or squares to Knit for Peace, Radius Works, Back Lane, London, NW3 1HL.
Knitting For Charity On Facebook: Threadbare
Norma McLennan has set up a Facebook Group page to help promote the places where knitted items can be donated to.
KasCare: Knit A Square
Knit A Square has grown into a volunteer-lead, world-wide community numbering an estimated 12,000 people in more than 60 countries round the world.
Together we help to warm and comfort the orphaned and vulnerable children of Southern Africa and we'd greatly value your contribution to this knitting project. We ask the world's knitters and crocheters to send 8x8inch (20cm) squares to South Africa, where groups of volunteers and members of the various local communities help sew them into blankets for children. The blankets have a dual purpose of being used whilst sleeping, and, doubled as coats during the cold South African winter. Our next step is teaching women and the elderly how to knit & crochet - coaching and guidance have been requested by the communities to help them become more self-sufficient in the future.
Click here to find out more and learn how you can help
'SIBOL' - Sunshine International Blankets of Love
'SIBOL' was formed in January 2010 making 'Sunshine Blankets' for the Elderly in Care & Nursing Homes. I am inviting knitters worldwide to make a blanket to give warmth and comfort to an elderly person. Very often or not they sit alone not having any visitors or friends visiting them and wouldn't it be nice if they knew someone was thinking of them.
We hope through our work that one of our 'Sunshine Blankets' would be like sending a ray of Sunshine into their lives brightening their day knowing that someone has been thinking of them.
Click here to contact Sue McGorie
Norfolk and Norwich Hospital: NICU (neonatal intensive care unit)
We desparately need volunteers to knit and donate blankets and hats for our babies. We are putting out an urgent appeal as we need 100 in the next month and approx 900/1000 for the next year at least.
Blankets need to be 20 in x 20 inches (no holes), any ply, but non-scratchy wool
Click here to contact Louise, NICU's Fundraising Manager for more infomation and address to send items
Newcastle Upon Tyne: Rookie Sports
Rookie Sports is a not for profit social enterprise working with a variety of disadvantaged community groups within the region. We are currently fundraising to extend our work with The Caddy Shacks, a group of adults with learning disabilities. Rookie Sports would like to develop a specialised programme that would teach these adults some basic functional numeracy and literacy skills to give them greater control of their own lives. We would be so grateful if people were able to knit any small items (toys, baby clothes, hats, gloves etc) that we could use for fundraising purposes. All the money raised would help us to make this programme a reality and have a huge impact on the lives of this wonderful group of people.
Click here to contact Bridget if you have items to donate
Click here for more information
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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 28th November 2015
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
Children In Need: Knit A Pudsey Bear: November 2015
BBC Children in Need are a fantastic charity that needs no introduction. Running since 1980 it has helped improve the lives of countless children and young people across the UK. The famous emblem of Children in Need is Pudsey the bear, a plucky and friendly bear who helps bring some joy to the children that the charity is helping. At King Cole we have been doing our part since 2007 by asking people to knit their own Pudsey bears or jumpers. All the proceeds from the cost of the pattern go directly to Children in Need. So far we’ve raised over £35,000 and we’re hoping for more each year. We also encourage our knitters to auction off their bears and jumpers to try and raise more money for the very worthy charity.
Click here for more information
Click here for pattern