Community craft project awarded £1,000 from Persimmon Homes
31 January 2022
A charity group of volunteers who knit, sew and crochet items to support local hospitals, hospices and charities has been handed a major boost thanks to Persimmon.
Crafting For Communities has received a £1,000 grant from Persimmon Homes West Midlands as part of its Community Champions scheme.
Persimmon makes £64,000 a month available to fund local community initiatives across the UK.
Colleen Cator, from the group, said: “This fantastic donation from Persimmon Homes will be a great help to support our members in 2022.
“The purchase of fabric and wool is central to our work in producing items such as baby clothes, dementia items, angel baby cribs, clothing and bedding, incubator mattresses and many more items to provide 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 the materials, including things such as thread and needles, because we value the time and effort of our volunteers.
“We have hubs all around the borough with wool, knitting kits and crochet patterns for people to borrow. We also use some awesome volunteer drivers who make sure we keep running and get things where they need to be.
“So far we’ve made over 50,000 items for our community including almost 3,000 sets of scrubs and face masks but this is just the beginning for us.”
David Greengrass, Sales Director Designate for Persimmon Homes West Midlands, said: “We’re delighted to be getting involved with Crafting For Communities, it’s such a fantastic project.
“The application we received from Colleen included so many heart-warming stories such as making teddies for local children admitted to hospital and dementia items for all the borough care homes.
“The group has also created vital pieces of PPE during the pandemic, so we wanted to reward their fantastic efforts with this funding.”