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On July 20th (or whenever you can fit it into your summer), you can join forces with thousands of people who will be stitching, sewing and sticking in Crafternoon events up and down the country. These craft-based fundraising events raise vital funds for Mind, the leading mental health charity in England and Wales.
There’s no need to be an expert crafter to take part – anyone and everyone can join in with Crafternoon. All you need to do is invite your friends, colleagues or family to join you in a crafting session and set a suggested donation for all those who attend. You could even raise further funds by providing tea and cake and asking attendees to pop an extra pound in your fundraising pot.
One in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem in any given year and Crafternoon is a fantastic way to raise funds in support of those of us affected. Whether you’re a knitting novice or a crochet queen, every penny you raise through your Crafternoon will help Mind to provide life-saving services and information for people in their time of need.
You can host your Crafternoon wherever suits you – whether that be at home, in a coffee shop or outside in a local park. Social crafting can be a great way to bond with your colleagues and make new connections, so you could even get the office involved and host a Crafternoon at work.
Why is Mind's Crafternoon important?
Now in its sixth year, Crafternoon helps to fund essential services such as the Mind Infoline, which received 100,000 calls from people struggling with a mental health problem last year.
In 2018, the average Crafternoon event raised £100, which is enough to fund 16 calls to Mind’s Infoline – ensuring that people can reach help in a time of need. But no matter how big or small, every event held and every penny raised makes a huge difference.
All you need to do is visit Mind to sign up. You can also find handy templates and crafting inspiration to help you plan your event. Once you’ve registered you’ll be sent a Crafternoon kit with everything you need to get going.
If you’re a bit pushed for time or don’t fancy organising an event yourself, there are plenty of Crafternoon events that you can join in with. Just sign up to the Crafternoon Facebook group and you’ll be able to ask other members whether any events are taking place near you that are open to the public.
Head of Community & Events Fundraising at Mind, Karen Bolton, said: 'Absolutely anyone can host or take part in Crafternoon, regardless of whether they’ve crafted before. It’s all about getting your friends and family together for a good catch up while helping a great cause.
'Crafternoon is one of the most important dates in Mind’s fundraising calendar and we’re so grateful to everyone who took part last year and helped us to raise almost £100,000. Their generosity means we can continue to make sure that no one has to face a mental health problem alone.'