£1,000 community craft project by Persimmon Homes


A SOURBRIDGE-based group of volunteers who knit, sew and crochet items to support hospitals, hospices and charities have received a £1,000 grant from a leading construction company.

Crafting For Communities has received the grant from Persimmon Homes West Midlands as part of its Community Champions program.

Persimmon provides £64,000 a month to fund community initiatives across the UK and decided Crafting for Communities is a worthy recipient of funds to help the group keep the demand for items going.

The organisation, founded by Wordsley-based mum and businesswoman Lisa Maidment, was formed to provide scrubs to medical workers amid the Covid crisis and was originally called Dudley Love of Scrubs but has grown into a much larger company , which makes all kinds of handmade items to help people in the community.

The group has since been renamed to reflect its broader remit and now operates from the Mary Stevens Center in Oldswinford, Stourbridge.

Colleen Cator, a trustee of Crafting For Communities, described the persimmon donation as “amazing” and said it would be of great help.

She added: “Fabric and wool sourcing is central to our work in the manufacture of items such as baby clothes, items for those with dementia, angel beds, clothing and bedding, incubator mattresses and many more items to bring a variety of items comfort and joy to offer people.

“We have a wonderful Facebook group for those who make items so we can chat and share advice. We also provide all materials, including things like thread and needles, because we value the time and effort of our volunteers.

“We have hubs throughout the region with wool, knit kits and crochet patterns that people can borrow. We also use some great volunteer drivers to keep us running and getting things where they need to be.

“To date we have made over 50,000 items for our communities, including nearly 3,000 gowns and face masks, but this is just the beginning for us.”

David Greengrass, Sales Manager Designate for Persimmon Homes West Midlands said: “We are delighted to be a part of Crafting For Communities, it is such a fantastic project.

“The application we received from Colleen had so many heartwarming stories as making teddy bears for local children who were hospitalized and dementia items for all of the county’s nursing homes.

“The group has also been developing vital PPE during the pandemic, so we wanted to reward their fantastic efforts with this funding.”

Visit persimmonhomes.com/charity to apply for Community Champions funding.


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