Posted on Wednesday, June 6 2012 at 8am
We’re thrilled to announce the launch of our Refuge ‘Bears and Squares’ campaign. Following on from our hugely success Comfort Blanket' campaign, which saw you help us raise more than £4,000 and donate 850 knitted blankets, we’re asking you to continue supporting this worthwhile cause in 2012.
This time, the focus is on the children staying at Refuge’s ‘safe houses’. Could you knit a teddy for a child to cuddle, or make a cot blanket to help a little one feel cosy?
We’re also working with top designers to bring you exclusive blanket square patterns for our campaign. As a taster, we’ll have a log cabin design from our editor, Juliet Bernard, on page 44 of The Knitter issue 46.
You can download our teddy bear knitting pattern here. Please remember to give a donation to Refuge in exchange!
The design has been kindly provided by Val Pierce and Search Press, and is taken from Val’s new book Little Bears to Knit & Crochet.
Our blanket square pattern e-book from last year is also still available. Please give a donation to Refuge (£2 would be great, but please give whatever you can afford) and download it now.
We're asking for cot blankets measuring four squares by six or children's blankets measuring six squares by eight.
Please send your completed blankets and teddy bears to Fundraising/The Knitter, Refuge, 4th Floor, International House, 1 St Katharine’s Way, London E1W 1UN.
Donations of single squares cannot be accepted.
What’s more, we’re launching a blanket square design competition as part of our campaign, with some fantastic prizes for the winner.
Please show your support for this wonderful campaign – we want to raise £10,000 for Refuge as well as providing every child staying at the charity’s ‘safe houses’ with their own teddy or blanket to keep. So get knitting, and send a hug to someone who really needs one!
If you or someone you know needs support please visit www.refuge.org.uk for more information. Refuge and Women’s Aid run a UK-wide, 24-hour free helpline for women affected by domestic violence on 0808 2000 247.