These heart-shaped cushions are given to the breast surgery outpatients ward.
They give comfort and security to women who have surgery and provide protection from bumps when out and about during their recovery.
A cushion is worn under the arm pit supported by the shoulder strap which is worn across the body.
The first batch of 30 went to St. James’ hospital in Leeds in April 2018
Often patients arrive at hospital in their nightclothes or other light clothing and don’t have anything else with them when they are returned home by Age UK, York. 21 blankets, 9 scarf/hat sets and 6 scarves were donated to Age UK York in April 2018.
“Thank you and all the rest of the Tadcrafters for such a marvellous effort! Please pass on my thanks and compliments to everyone who was involved with this.”
James Player Deputy Chief Officer, Age UK, York.
…a very big thank you to all of you –the blankets and squares we are receiving are amazing !
They are put to very good use to people who need a little warmth and /or comfort on their travels home..
They have been so gratefully received –I only wish you could see some of the faces when the patient knows they can keep the blanket –priceless !!
Many thanks and please, please do keep knitting …
Bev Ward, Home From Hospital Organiser, Age UK York, York District Hospital
People and organisations that donate items are essential participants in the Tadcrafters activities.
These gorgeous fabrics were donated by Vanilla Interiors in Tadcaster in April 2018
We sometimes have some unusual projects that are suitable for our more skilled crafters. These are 3 of 4 donkeys that were donated in April 2018 to the “Donkey Sanctuary.”
“Thank you so much for the four beautiful knitted donkeys which arrived safely in their wonderful packing. I love their bright colours and kind faces. I am sure they will sell quickly and the money raised go towards keeping all our donkeys safe and healthy.”- Community fundraising team,
The Donkey Sanctuary
Thank you for our last delivery. The cheeky bumble bee charms are beautiful !
Ann and the gang at St Leonards Hospice
We make Snuffle mats to be donated to rescue homes like the Dogs’ Trust so that animals have stimulating activities and treats.
Animals such as dogs and cats will be more relaxed if they have worked their brain hard. Giving them a job or a challenge can also help prevent problem behaviours, such as barking from boredom, stealing items to chew and hyperactivity.
The first 4 snufflemats were donated to The Dogs Trust in Leeds in March 2018
February 2018- Tadcrafters contributed to 20 Days for Girls kits that arrived in Kenya
January/February 2018- Tadcrafters held workshops at Riverside School, Rainbows and with the general public for children and grown-ups to make over 300 lanterns for the 2018 Lantern Parade
January 2018 – We had an extra session to finish off the poppies for Selby Abbey
January 2018 – 5 blankets and 4 twiddlemuffs were given to Highfields Care home
In conjunction with Tadcaster Library we made and distributed boxes for every day of Advent to help promote local businesses. We called it TAdvent.
We took part in the Methodists’ Christmas tree Festival and held a stall at the Christmas Market
We supported the St. James’ Hospital, Leeds breast outpatients’ department by having a stall at their fundraising for spa days event.
1048 “gently worn” bras were sent to Smalls for All which is a Scottish Charity which collects and distributes underwear to help women and children in Africa. They help those living in orphanages, slums, Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps, schools and hospitals. http://smallsforall.org/
“Your latest bundle is amazing !!! I have given our social work team a number of small bags now for special little pre bereavement items and the rather luxurious purple silk draw string bags are with her for the next people/youngsters or children who we will meet”
Ann Cairns, Matron, St. Leonard’s Hospice (Nov 2017)
We were joined by Adam Tomlinson from Radio York who broadcast for two hours from our November 2017 drop-in session to help promote their “Knit for North Yorkshire” scarf knitting appeal.
In November 2017 Tadcrafters were voted Silver in the Inspirational Business Category of the Minster FM Listener Choice Awards.
In November 2017 Tadcrafters won NYCC Volunteer of the Year . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUKY-r-y5Ng
October 2017. Lynne ran a workshop in Skipton with a women’s community group
In Autumn 2017 many different groups of people helped us with the poppy display for the Selby Abbey end of WW1 commemorations in 2018 including people at the Community Discovery Day and the 2434 Church Fenton Squadron Air Cadets.
In October 2017 we donated 30 personal effects bags to St. Leonard’s Hospice. These bags are used to hand back a patient’s belongings to their bereaved relatives.
In October 2017 we celebrated TadApple Day by organising a community event to press lots of apples into apple juice.
In October 2017 we celebrated International Day f the Girl with pupils from across York (and Brazil!) and Days for Girls as an event in york Minster.
In October 2017 we assisted at a Days for Girls workshop at Manor School. Pupils later visited Malawi and taught pupils there how to make the kits for themselves.
In September 2017 we supported the amazing Issy Sanderson and York Days for Girls at TSYS “Thread” group, a workplace crafting group in York.
In August 2017 we donated lots of Personal effects bags to York Hospital and St. Leonard’s Hospice
We have featured in videos about the Tour de Yorkshire and its legacy.
We supported the launch of the York Hospital Dementia Appeal and their twiddlemuff making session.
We are recycling our Tour De Yorkshire bunting as much as possible. About 1000m is being sent to Goa, India to decorate 16 street schools and over 50m has gone to Worcester Snoezelen
The knitted bunting is being remade into twiddlemuffs and fabric from the giant bunting is being cut up to be used in the Days for Girls hygiene kits.
We decorated Tadcaster ready for the Tadcaster start of the Tour de Yorkshire on Saturday 29th April 2017 (using as much recycled and donated fabric as possible) to promote local businesses and support the community.
We co-ordinated other decorations and community events in Tadcaster for the TdY/Tadcaster Cycling Festival in April 2017.
We collect “gently worn” bras that are sent to developing countries where the wearing of underwear is a symbol of status for women and therefore they are less likely to be victims of abuse. In July 2017 we had collected over 800.
We have donated woolly hats and premature baby clothes that will go to help Syrian refugees in Greece and projects in Gambia.
We supported Days for Girls in York Minster to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th 2017
We’ve done some schmoozing with some famous people
We got a like from Comedian Susan Calman and a round of applause from the audience at her show
We made lanterns (in conjunction with Faceless Arts) as part of the bridge re-opening celebration parade on 19th February 2017
We have made poppies for the Cenataph in Tadcaster and to sell to support the poppy appeal. We will be supporting the Selby Abbey poppy display for the 2018 commemorations.
We make Twiddlemuffs and blankets which are donated to residential care homes such as Highfields in Barkston Ash, York Hospital and private individuals. Twiddlemuffs are calming for people with dementia.
We make feminine hygiene kits for Days for Girls (York) which are sent to places such as Gambia, Nepal, Pakistan, India and some UK inner cities. We use donated fabric, much of which would otherwise be thrown away. (e.g. we made 112 shields and 294 liners for kits that went out to Gambia in November 2016). Days for Girls in York also seed fund workshops for women in developing countries and support refugees and asylum seekers in the UK.
We have supplied knitted clothes to the premature baby unit at the LGI. (October 2016)
We decorated Tadcaster in preparation for the Tour de Yorkshire 2016 recycling many donated sheets and duvet covers. (April 2016)
We decorated the approaches to the temporary foot bridge (Sonny’s Bridge) (February 2016)