The donation helps the charity continue to craft for the community


A charity group of volunteers who knit, sew and crochet items to support local hospitals, hospices and charities have received a £1,000 grant thanks to a property developer.

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

Persimmon provides £64,000 a month to fund local community initiatives across the UK.

The charity has a center at the Mary Stevens Centre, Stourbridge Bridge, in the West Midlands and makes all sorts of handmade items to help people in the community.

Colleen Cator of the group said: “This fantastic donation from Persimmon Homes will be of great help to support our members in 2022.

“Sourcing of fabrics and wool is central to our work in creating items such as baby clothes, items for people with dementia, angel beds, clothing and bedding, incubator mattresses and many more items to bring comfort and joy to a wide range of 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 our volunteers’ time and effort.

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

“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 Director Designate for Persimmon Homes West Midlands said: “We are delighted to be 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 the nursing homes in the county.

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

To apply for Community Champions funding, visit the website here


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