At the moment our news stream is just full to brimming with the sporting endeavors of fabulous runners, and so grateful we are for them too!
If however, the thought of running leaves you cold, we want to encourage you that there are plenty of other ways to raise money for our projects, be yourself and have some enjoyment at the same time.
Naomi Welch, Chief maker at Redeem Creations says “I just love Children on the Edge and the way this small, but groundbreaking charity is working across the world with the most vulnerable and marginalised children. I don't do marathons or jumping out of aircraft and I wouldn't be great at sponsored silence either, however, I can make pretty things”.
She certainly can. In the last year Naomi has raffled off an Olympic themed cake, a beautiful handmade doll and is currently running a competition for an ‘Enchanted Wood’ themed satchel to raise money for our projects.
Naomi is also involved in an informal craft group in Petworth called Makespace which brings people together to create and have fun. At these gatherings Naomi has given out vintage fabric in exchange for donations to Children on the Edge, another member, Charlotte Loukes who runs The Cotton Wool Store in the town, has donated fabric to enable each person attending to create something (see bunnies in photo above) and in turn give a donation to our work.
Photographer Liz Andreozzi, who also attends the group, put together a birthday Easter Egg hunt for her boys and their friends, with a 50p donation per entry, also to raise money for our projects.
We’d like to say a big thank you to the Makespace ladies for thinking of us and raising valuable funds for our projects in simple ways. We’d also like to encourage readers that these small contributions and donations really do make a difference.
It’s great when people run marathons for us, but it’s also great when people are generous with the talents they have, both through special events and in everyday life.
We’ve had lots of amazing people raising money for us in different ways. From street dances, Bollywood nights and lunch parties to selling paintings, jewellery and cakes. We hope you feel inspired to do something to make a difference, in the way that suits you best. As always, let us know how you get on. We love to tell your stories!