Welcome to our Christmas Craft Sale 2020
We know it’s July! But we know crafting takes such a long time. We are delighted though to be launching our Christmas Craft Sale 2020, we hope you will join us. THANK YOU! This year, with your love and support we are delighted to get behind the drug education charity the Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation, and will be sending a third of all profits to them, using two thirds to support our own projects and keep them running, ambitious and inclusive. So every penny we can raise will go to help others, we hope you will support us, either by crafting, buying or even maybe both! Thank you so so much. x
The Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation is a tiny charity with a simple but huge ambition: to help young people make safer choices about alcohol and drugs. Why is this so important? It’s because the charity was started by Fiona and Tim Spargo-Mabbs in 2014 after the unthinkable happened: their bright, popular, kind and talented son Daniel died after taking ecstasy. He’d done that typical thing that teenagers do, in telling them he was going to a party with a group of friends when instead he went to an illegal rave. He wasn’t the only one of his friend to take ecstasy that evening – five of them had agreed to be in – but the bag of powder that Dan tipped into a bottle of water and drank, although identical looking to the others, turned out to be a lethal dose. Just hours after taking it, he collapsed and was taken to hospital. His body temperature soared to over 42C and he went into multiple organ failure, and although the medical staff did everything they could to save his life, it was a battle that couldn’t be won and he died three days later.
It was a tragedy that needn’t have happened, and one that his parents wanted to do everything they could to stop happening to anyone else. Through carefully planned evidence-based and non-judgemental workshops delivered at schools, colleges and other settings by the Foundation’s drugs educators, young people gain a broader understanding of alcohol and drugs as well as other important aspects of decision making such as adolescent brain development, how to deal with peer pressure and harm reduction in order that they can make safer choices when in situations that they might otherwise not give any thought to.
With budgets so tight, all workshops are provided free of charge to state-maintained schools, and there have been a lot: during the 2018-19 academic year, 418 workshops were delivered to around 27,000 young people, plus 32 workshops to over 1,800 parents and carers.
Following Covid their budgets will be even tighter. Every child reached could be another saved. We’d like to support them in this. This could be any of our children.
For more, or to follow the amazing work they do, find them on Facebook or check out the website…
Their registered charity number is no. 1158921
So let the Crafting Stage begin!
We are aiming to make and sell small/lightweight Christmas craft items, and to keep postage costs to a minimum we ask that ideally anything made can be sent on to a buyer in a large envelope. We are open to larger items too obviously, that is just a guide. Some suggestions for you, but we are very open to others too…
- Stocking fillers, although obviously Father Christmas is REAL, this is just to help.
- Christmas tree decorations, bunting, garlands, general decorations. Always very popular, as are totally bonkers quirky things, yes we are thinking gin wreaths, woolly slugs and sock pigs, who knew??! 😀
- Cute cuddly things
- Small gifts – Little bags, purses, brooches, hair accessories, key rings, gift bags, tags,
- Clothing items such as gloves, hats, scarves, – if making clothing PLEASE inc the ball band or let us know so we can pass this info on to those who buy. xxx
- Lovely lovely things!
- Chelsi wants us to add that sprout things are always very popular! They are. She is right!
- Woolly, fabric, embroidered, beaded, ALL crafty crafts welcome!!
Last posting for crafts to be Saturday 31st October please. Earlier is very very helpful, thank you. Anytime after September 12th!
Posting will be to Teddington, please message for the address is needed.
Pics of crafts from 2019!
The Event itself…
Our Christmas Craft sale and Auction will take place ONLINE on a Facebook Event page as before, between Tuesday 17th – Sunday 22nd November. TBC
We will set up the event page soon. Some items will be up for instant sale on this event wall during this time, others through auction on our Auction Site which will help folk not on Facebook, or those who prefer to take part in this way.
We are keeping it all crossed that this Sale will be a huge success, with your love and support we have every confidence, huge heartfelt thanks. Remembering Dan.