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Chernobyl project 2018!

We are delighted to be launching our Chernobyl Project 2018!

For the last four years we have been making warm, comforting Little Hugs for Belarusian teenagers and children visiting the UK for recuperative holidays during the summer with the fabulous charity the Chernobyl Children’s Project and Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline.

Each year these marvellous charities bring children who live in the most contaminated area near the Chernobyl reactor over to the UK. In summer, when the dust causes radiation levels to rise, it becomes even more important for as many children as possible to leave their contaminated homeland for a few weeks of fresh air and clean food. The rates of childhood cancer are incredibly high the most common cancers being thyroid and leukaemia. Coming to the UK for a four week break increases their immunity against the awful disease when they return home. Often these children are in remission. Sadly though there is a high chance of these children falling ill again. They all suffer living in such difficult conditions and with very little.

We have spoken to all the groups we sent to last year, some are still confirming their funding etc and not all host every year, but already confirmed are…

  • Isle of Wight
  • Peterborough/Helpston
  • Bristol
  • Gloucester/Leeds
  • And we are chuffed to be introducing the Ayrshire group this year too!

There are other groups we can contact, but will just wait to hear from last year first. So this year we look like we are aiming for approx 115 blankets but this may change. It is a good place to start with!

The last posting date for squares and blankets made by individuals for our Chernobyl 2018 project will be Saturday 7th April, to the Teddington address, message if you need it! 

No later please as we have to get on and sort very soon after. Thank you.

 Please do join us, here’s how..

  • Yarn is Stylecraft Special DK – ONLY this please, inc for any embellishments. 
  • Squares to be 12 inch ideally, or 6 inch if that is too much.
  • Knit and crochet equally welcome. Beginner or more experienced crafters also equally welcomed.
  • Please use a 4mm hook or needles. No blocking please, and please ensure you are knotting off very thoroughly when colour changing or finishing, leave a 6cm end and use a needle to sew it in.
  • We are asking folk to avoid using a magic ring (crochet) to start as find that these don’t seem to always stand up to the pressures of wash and wear.
  • Squares to be single colour, multi colour, textured, whatever you like, they will be wonderful, thank you.
  • If you’d like to make a whole blanket, please use these colours too, makes thing easier at the giving stage! Whole blankets need to be 48 inches by 60 inches with some kind of border please.
  • Supporting with funds
    If anyone would like to donate funds to support this, we would be so grateful. Our paypal is admin@woollyhugs.com . Cheques and cash are very welcome too, just PM for the address. We are grateful for every single penny.

The Palette

  • Aspen
  • Aster
  • Bluebell
  • Blush
  • Boysenberry
  • Bright pink
  • Burgundy
  • Candy floss
  • Citron
  • Claret
  • Cloud blue
  • Cypress
  • Denim
  • Duck egg
  • Emperor
  • Empire
  • Fondant
  • Fuchsia pink
  • Grape
  • Grass green
  • Kelly green
  • Lapis
  • Lavender
  • Lime
  • Lincoln
  • Lipstick
  • Lobelia
  • Magenta
  • Meadow
  • Mustard
  • Pale Rose
  • Parchment
  • Petrol
  • Pistachio
  • Plum
  • Pomegranate
  • Raspberry
  • Saffron
  • Sage
  • Sherbert
  • Shrimp
  • Spice
  • Storm blue
  • Teal
  • Tomato
  • Turquoise
  • Violet

Can anyone help with extras?

There are a few extras which we will be collecting too alongside squares, items which really help, if you would like to add in any of these we would love to receive them for the children, thank you, bless you. IF POSSIBLE PLEASE SEND THESE AFTER MARCH 10TH FOR STORAGE REASONS! xx

* Underwear aged 10 plus. New only*
* Adult size socks (one size fits all) new only

* Gloves
* Toothbrushes, single packed please
* Hairbrushes
* Toiletries, toothpaste, shower gel, shampoo etc, but not bars of soap please.
* Sanitary Towels
* Plasters, first aid bits
* Vitamins, please check suitable for 10 years+
* Any little luxuries that pre/teens might love, eg nail varnish, lip balms, hair clips, make up bits, stickers etc.
* If you would like to add 50p in when you post squares for ice creams that would be so kind, we will split any money we receive between the groups.

Hugs for Heads

After the success of Fife last year, we thought how lovely it would be to send all children a cosy hat to take home with their blanket this year, so introduced Hugs for Heads, if you would like to knit or crochet a child’s hat size age 8 to adult (most are teens) in machine washable yarn, we would love to receive it for them. The pattern is up to you., we do have yarn available, please message us.  Last posting the same as squares.

What a big ask! Good grief!
But the fabulous Woolly Hug crew never fail to amaze,  last year was an astonishing team effort, we know that together we can do this.

On behalf of these children and their families, a huge THANK YOU.
Actually, thank you doesn’t really come close. xxx

 

 

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Spring and Easter Craft Sale 2018!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Folk really are fabulous and have  been asking about our Spring and Easter Craft sale. We are delighted to confirm it will be going ahead, and with your love and support any funds raised will be going to support our Ongoing projects, particularly this year our Chernobyl project.

We are going to run our online Spring Craft sale in a similar way to previous sales.

 

We’d love your help…

We are looking to make and sell small/lightweight Eastery/Spring/ Generally gorgeous items. Sewn, beaded, crocheted, knitted, any crafty crafts, the how is up to you!

To keep postage costs to a minimum we ask that ideally anything made can be sent on to a buyer in a ‘Large’ envelope.

Bigger items are welcome too, we are just aware of postal charges!

Some suggestions for you but we are open to others!

  • Easter decorations – chicks, eggs, sheeeeps, rabbits.
  • Easter/spring bunting/ garlands, decorations
  • Keyrings, purses, accessories
  • Other Lovely Things???!!!
  • If making an item to wear, please include the washing info?ball band.

Last posting for crafts to be Saturday 3rd March

Please message for posting information. Thank you so much.

The Sale itself will take place March 14th – 17th tbc very soon.

It will be run through an Event page on Facebook (Woolly Hugs) , with a selection of items on our Auction site here on the website to help those not on FB

We are truly grateful for all support, heartfelt thanks xxxx

 

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Snugs for Looked After Children and Young People

We are delighted to be introducing a new project we are calling Snugs. We are aiming to make blankets for children ( 0-16years) who are being looked after within the Children’s Family Trust. The Children’s Family Trust work with these children aiming to give them stability and security through to adulthood, helping them achieve their full potential, with the ideal being fostered within a family for life. We would like to make these children something permanent, that they can take with them wherever they are.

Initially we will be working with the group based in the ‘South Central’ area, so Southampton, Portsmouth, Hampshire, Surrey and Dorset.

We would love for you to help us. We have funds to help if you need yarn, many thanks to the super generous donation from Ruth M in memory of her beautiful “Little Mum’ Joan. There will be extra love in the Snugs from them both.

Crafting Info

  • Yarn is Stylecraft Special DK – just this please, inc for any embellishments. 
  • Squares to be 12 inch ideally, or 6 inch if that is too much.
  • Knit and crochet equally welcome. Beginner or more experienced crafters also equally welcomed.
  • Please use a 4mm hook or needles.
  • No blocking please, and please ensure you are knotting off very thoroughly when colour changing or finishing, leave a 6cm end and use a needle to sew it in.
  • We are asking folk to avoid using a magic ring (crochet) to start as find that these don’t seem to always stand up to the pressures of wash and wear.
  • Please read the list of colours in our palette carefully, the list is below.
  • Squares to be single colour, multi colour, textured, whatever you like, they will be wonderful, thank you.
  • If you’d like to make a whole blanket, please use these colours too, makes thing easier at the giving stage! Whole blankets to be 48 by 60 inches, we would like them all to be single bed size no matter what age the child.

 

 

The colours are a twist on a rainbow theme…

Aspen
Aster
Bluebell
Cloud Blue
Cypress
Duck egg
Lapis
Lavender
Lincoln
Lipstick
Lobelia
Magenta
Meadow
Pistachio
Plum
Pomegranate
Saffron
Sage
Sherbert
Spice
Storm Blue
Tomato
Violet

 

Please message us if you need the postal address, but it will be the South Coast address.

 

 

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As 2018 begins….

As the New Year begins, we hope that yours will be one filled with love. Thinking of you all and sending gentle hugs to those who find this time a challenging one.

Peace, love and light xxx

 

 

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Christmas Hugs 2017

Our Christmas Hugs 2017 have been delivered, we were delighted again to team up with LGC magazine.

The photos of children here are from the 2016 deliveries, thank you so much again xxx

 

 

 

 

This is a beautiful new project making cuddly friends to give to Chernobyl children in Belarus. It is run through a new (to us) charity called Friends of Chernobyl Children who as well as bringing children over, work with families in remote areas in Belarus experiencing extreme poverty in very challenging conditions.

Yes, we know we are starting this in July! But we know how much time and energy these things take.

Can you help us?

  • We are looking for homemade cuddly friends to go and give huge hugs to children this Christmas time.
  • Knit, crochet, sewn all very welcome indeed.
  • Teddies, rabbits, people, this bit is up to you!
  • Avoid white and very pale colours for practical reasons.
  • Size wise – approx 20 – 30cm, not much bigger please for transportation purposes.
  • We don’t know exactly the ages of the children who will receive them, so please avoid buttons and trimmings that might be dangerous for little ones.  Think safety!
  • These are for boys and girls, neutral is good, but we would love some aimed at each too.
  • Our Christmas Hugs will be given to the children during December/January in time for the Orthodox Christmas

 

Thank you so much, as always. xxx

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