Over a cup of tea, and a few biscuits, Lara and Julie came up with an idea to help raise money for a cause that matters.
We’re launching FUNDERwear this year in aid of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust. We only met a couple of years ago, but it was clear from the outset that we share the same values; a sense of community, a passion for bringing people together, for building positivity, and of course we both love to sew.
One day we were discussing the loss that so many have suffered this last year. Not only from the pandemic, but from the knock-on effects it has had on so many families.
In fact, we’ve all seen some very dark times, and in dark times a little bit of kindness goes a long way. As was shown by the sewing community’s response to the call for scrubs in April 2020, one thing we do know is that sewists are an incredible group of people when we set our minds to achieve something.
We had the idea of initially holding a small fundraiser in Julie’s mill workshop, The Thread Mill, Hayfield. However, what started as small fundraiser quickly started to escalate as more and more people wanted to be part of FUNDERwear – and our ideas started to grow too.
There are so many deserving charities, but for the launch of FUNDERwear Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust felt right. Like the pandemic gynecological cancers do not discriminate and affect all of us from our, mothers, sisters, friends, work colleagues and their families. So many women I know have put off their cervical screening and it is probably not yet known to what cost. Too many of us personally know the devastation of what terminal illness can do to friends and family, and the pain that is felt from losing loved ones. Unfortunately, even as we were planning this event, Lara lost her brother to a previously undiagnosed, underlying illness.
In whatever way you can, please do get involved. Whether that be going to one of the workshops, donating a prize for a raffle or even hosting your own sew-along, we would be delighted if you could be part of FUNDERwear to.
Together, we can make a real difference.
Lara and Julie