We're pleased to introduce of members of the Month for June 2014, Jo and Leanne! Read a bit about them in their own words:
Hi our names are Jo and Leanne. We spend our spare time selling our Hand crafted cards and other crafts to raise funds for Dogs for the Disabled, a registered charity within both England and Scotland. Dogs for the Disabled is a life-transforming charity that provides assistance dogs for children and adults with physical disabilities, Adults and Children with autism, and people with dementia. It costs an estimated £20,000 to train a dog for its working life but this only includes the cost of the training. Dogs are trained to meet the specific needs of their partner, including but not exclusively fetching items such as a ringing phone, opening and closing doors, cupboards and drawers, retrieving dropped items (some can even pick up a bank card off the floor) and raise the alarm in an emergency.
We started crafting about 18months ago when A Friend introduced us to Card Making, and it wasn’t long before we were hooked….At this time our friend had recently been partnered with a dog from Dogs for the disabled and we had seen the difference that it had made to her life, so we decided to try and raise a little money from our new found hobby for the charity. We started out selling our cards at the local university and made quite a splash; our one off stall soon became a stall a week and before we knew it we had made over £600 in just over 3months. It was then we decided that all our efforts needed to go into fundraising for the charity, especially when we found out how much it costs to train a dog.
We began researching a few ideas of how else we could raise money for the charity and decided that we would try our hand at doing some craft fairs. This was to become our main method of raising money for the charity and we now hardly have a weekend free of events travelling all over the North West. Throughout the past eighteen months we have raised over £2500 in various ways including the sale of our crafted items at craft fairs, organising Family Fun Day craft fairs ourselves and I even jumped out of a plane from 14,000ft. Our next biggest fundraiser is a Family Fun Day and Craft Fair on the 7th June at The Solaris Centre in Blackpool. The community support that has been offered to us has been amazing with local attractions getting on board and even Blackpool Football Club helping us out with raffle prizes.
If you would Like to find out anymore information about what we do visit our Facebook page ‘Hand Crafted by Jo, Laura and Leanne. Or alternatively if you are interested in the charities work please visit www.dogsforthedisabled.org