Charity and Fundraising
Emma's Fabric Studio is actually a collective of lots of crafty friends and we all club together to support charities, whether it is by donating money or time. We call ourselves 'Team Will Work For Cake'. We support causes that are close to our hearts and make it a real group effort.
We are frequently asked to support charities or donate fabric. As a small business, we do as much as we can, but we cannot meet all the requests we receive.
Here are some of things we do...
Annual donation to the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal
One of 'Team Will Work For Cake' works for the Salvation Army and we see just how their fundraising efforts impact the people they support. We are proud to support their desire to provide hope and joy for everyone at Christmas time.
Maidstone Food Bank
Our local Food Bank is supported by the lovely Tracy who works at our local Post Office. We have been known to do a trolley dash at a supermarket and purchase as much as we possibly can to donate to this cause.
Buttercups Goat Sanctuary - Maidstone
Another local cause. We decided to donate the proceeds from the last two Open Days to the Sanctuary at which Judi (Team Will Work For Cake) volunteers. We make regular trips to see how the goats are!
SANDS (Stillborn and Neonatal Death) Charity
When our friends experienced a stillbirth, we sprung into action, trying to do something positive in the name of their daughter, Alice. Thank you to Neil at Carta Design for designing this graphic for us.
Whilst we researched how we could support SANDS in particular, we discovered that one way to get involved is to hand knit blankets, as part of their ‘Always Loved, Never Forgotten’ memory boxes. These bring much comfort to parents at such a difficult time. The knitting pattern has been available for some time, but there have been lots of requests for a crochet pattern also. You can view more about why we got involved here.
We got in touch with SANDS to ask if we could help develop a crochet pattern, something I felt we could help with. After asking Emma’s Fabric Studio woolly superstars Judi and Jan if they could help with this, in typical fashion, they were amazing at translating the pattern from knitting to crochet. After making up a knitted version to get the size, feel and texture, they went about writing a crochet pattern.
We worked with SANDS to get the pattern produced and ensure they were happy with the finished blanket. You can find the information and more detailed instructions here.
We also donated to SANDS via our charity area at our Open Day.
British Wildlife Rescue Centre
Again, as part of the charity are at the Open Day, we also donated to BWRC in Alice's memory.
Nepal Earthquake Appeal
By selling off roll ends and offcuts, we were able to support this appeal after the devastating earthquake in 2015.