Saturday, 21 April 2018

Great Yarn Giveaway update 5

There's only a few days left now until donations close on my JustGiving page. If you're a regular visitor to my blog, then you'll know that I've been raising money for the British Heart Foundation in memory of Mr JK who suffered a fatal heart attack back in October 2016. I had a crazy idea earlier in the year of asking my favourite yarny folk if they might donate something lovely that I could then give away at random to people who had made a donation. Well it kind of snowballed and now there are 137 treats to be handed out once donations close at the end of April. When I started out, I hesitantly wondered if £1000 was being a bit optimistic as a target. But time and again, the target got smashed and look at where we are now!

I can't quite believe just how much money has been raised so far, I wonder how much higher it can go before it closes? It's pretty overwhelming to know that so many people are supporting me in my fight against heart disease. Obviously I wish that I wasn't in the position of having to do it and that Mr JK was here right now, pottering in the garden, getting lunch ready or playing his guitar. But it does bring some comfort to know that something good is happening out of something so sad. Thank you so much if you've donated.

I have a few more prizes to share with you too! I think that these will be the last unless I get contacted by anyone between now and the end of April. There are 137 lovely things to give away to people now, the woolly world has been so generous. I ordered packaging bags this morning but am trying not to think about how long it's going to take to pack up and post everything!

Tracey Todhunter got in touch with me on Instagram to offer a signed copy of her latest crochet book. The winner can choose either UK or US terminology too. It looks like a fabulous book for crochet newbies.

Sam from Windy Hill Woodwork also contacted me via Instagram and is generously donating a pair of sock blockers (size to be chosen by the winner) - I love my sock blockers and these wooden ones look really gorgeous! 

I always have a chat with Tanja from The Knitting Swede when we meet at yarn shows and she has kindly donated two very squishy skeins of DK yarn which go together perfectly. I wish they could come and live in my stash!!

I was delighted when Susan Crawford offered to donate something - and yesterday it was a happy post day when I  opened a parcel to find two copies of her book 'Coronation Knits' and three skeins of yarn. The colours are just beautiful. 

The idea for the fundraising came about when two friends got charity places for the Brighton marathon. They had to raise a certain amount each and I wanted to help them out. When you run races regularly for charity, it's really hard to keep asking the same people for money! They start crossing the road to avoid you! Last weekend was marathon weekend and we had a couple of days at the seaside. I was meant to be running the 10k race but I've really been struggling with knee problems since York last year. My running days may have peaked! So I was part of the support team. Both Jules and Charlie went into the race carrying injuries and it was a struggle. But knowing how much support you've given them really spurred them on and they both finished in under 4 and a half hours. I'm so proud of them for running in Mr JK's memory. There's still time to add to the total raised and give yourself a chance of winning something lovely. All you need to know is right here. Thank you xxx


VeggieMummy said...

Well done to Jules and Charlie - that's quite an achievement. Well done to you too Helen. Mr. JK would be so proud of you. xx

Catherine said...

How brilliant that you have smashed your target. Well done!