This summer you can join forces with thousands of other people across the country who will be stitching, sewing and sticking in Crafternoon events up and down the country. One in four of us are living with a mental health condition in the UK and these craft-based fundraising events will raise vital funds for Mind, the leading mental health charity in England and Wales.
Getting crafty and creating DIY decorations, invites and wedding favours can be a perfect way to add a personal touch to your big day. And now brides and grooms-to-be can use their wedding prep for a good cause by hosting a crafting session on behalf of the charity. Mind have even provided a selection of crafty templates to get you started. So what are you waiting for? Gather the hens, get out the bubbly and get making!
If you’re a bit stuck on where to start, check out Mind’s wedding inspiration Pinterest board for ideas and tips. You can also use Mind’s online craft resources to learn how to make items such as flower crowns, tassel garlands and simplified calligraphy – perfect for all those invites you’ll be pinging out!
How do I take part?
There’s no need to be an expert crafter to take part – anyone and everyone can join in with Crafternoon. All you need to do is invite your hens, friends or family over for an afternoon of crafty wedding prep and set a suggested donation for all those who attend. You could even raise further funds by providing tea and cake and asking attendees to pop an extra pound in your fundraising pot.
All you need to do is visit www.mind.org.uk/crafternoonregister to sign up. Once you’ve registered you’ll be sent a Crafternoon kit with everything you need to get going.
When is it?
Mind are encouraging supporters to host their Crafternoon event on July 20th. But if you’re busy that day there’s no need to worry – you can host your Crafternoon whenever suits you and the Mind fundraising team will be on hand to support with ideas and information.
Mind also host a second Crafternoon later on in the year towards Christmas – so if you’re planning a winter wedding you’ll still have a chance to get involved.
Why is it important?
Now in its sixth year, Crafternoon helps to fund essential services such as the Mind Infoline, which received 100,000 calls from people struggling with a mental health problem last year.
In 2018, the average Crafternoon event raised £100, which is enough to fund 16 calls to Mind’s Infoline – ensuring that people can reach help in a time of need. But no matter how big or small, every event held and every penny raised makes a huge difference.
One in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem in any given year and Crafternoon is a fantastic way to raise funds in support of those of us affected. Whether you’re a knitting novice or a crochet queen, every penny you raise through your Crafternoon will help Mind to provide life-saving services and information for people in their time of need.
Karen Bolton, Head of community and fundraising events at Mind says..
“Hosting a Crafternoon as part of your hen do, or in the run-up to your big day, is a chance to create some beautifully homemade touches for your wedding – all whilst raising money for a great cause. Crafternoon is one of the most important dates in Mind’s fundraising calendar and we’re so grateful to everyone who took part last year and helped us to raise almost £100,000. Their generosity means we can continue to make sure that no one has to face a mental health problem alone.”
Be sure to share your Crafternoon images here with us at The Outside Bride, we’d love to see them!