I am Jane George. In July 2020 my husband Anthony and I lost our 19-year-old son Llŷr to mental health. In order to cope with my grief, I restarted knitting. I began making small things and giving them to anyone who came to the house. Anthony suggested we sell some to raise money for mental health charities. We were quickly overwhelmed and had to stop taking orders. Our son Alex asked for help to complete orders on his Instagram account and before long the whole world was knitting and knitformentalhealth was born. The shop opened on 3rd of February 2021 and since then we have donated £26 000 to mental health charities with more donations yet to be made. With the love, hard work and generosity of all our makers we have been able to support the following charities from across the UK.
DPJ Foundation (@thedpjfoundation)
Suicide and Co (@suicideandco)
Pips Charity (@Pipscharity)
Feeling Strong (@feelingstronguk)
Quinns Retreat (@quinnsretreat)
Mind Pembrokeshire (@mindpembrokeshire)
Dose of Nature (@dose_of_nature)
Area 43 (@area43cardigan)
Wave Project (@waveprojectsscotland)
Calzy Foundation (@calzy.foundation)
The Open Door Charity (@theodcharity).
Knitting Network, the online yarn retailer, used our story as part of the fundraising they do every month raising £8200 for the Samaritans and £2300 for 2wishuponastar. Amy, we are so grateful for your support. In total, together with Knitting Network we have raised £36 500.
We have makers from the northern most reaches of Scotland, Northern and Southern Ireland, Wales and from across England who have given of their time, skills, yarn and fabric. Over 300 in total. Customers from all over the UK, with orders coming from abroad including Switzerland and America. A special thank you to Hannah Gilsenan for making every single button,and also to Yodomo for their generosity without whose support none of this would have been possible.. ..
Wherever possible, we use yarn donated to us. We want to improve the mental health of both our creative volunteers and our customers by sharing the ‘2 wolves story’ and by creating an inclusive community where creativity is encouraged and every voice is heard.
We are fundraisers for mental health charities and for every item sold a minimum of 70% will be distributed to various mental health charities chosen by knitformentalhealth.
Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this journey and contributed in any way from making, buying and helping in a myriad of ways. Together we can make a difference.
As each item has been made with love by volunteer knitters from across the country, there may be slight variation in size, style and shade.
Material: Given in description.
Delivery info: items will be posted Royal Mail second class.