Following the success of its Big Tea Cosy knitting event in 2018, national charity Breast Cancer Haven is once again encouraging crafters to get knitting. The organisation is inviting people to 'make a brew for breast cancer' in the month of March, as well as hosting a crafternoon and trying their hand at knitting and crochet to help support those going through treatment.
Online craft community LoveKnitting will continue to support the Big Tea Cosy campaign by selling exclusive patterns, with all proceeds going to the charity's supportive service. Customers can keep their woollen creations or gift them to someone undergoing breast cancer treatment as a way of showing support during a difficult time. Limited edition patterns include hats, snoods, tea cosies and more, all designed to provide comfort. Every cup of tea enjoyed, cake baked and knitting pattern purchased will help raise money to help people going through one of the most difficult times of their lives. Parties, bakes and makes can be shared on social media using the following hashtag: #TheBigTeacosy
LoveKnitting will also host a 'come and get cosy' pop-up living room in Spitalfields market on 28th February. Visitors are invited to knit a small square to be made into a large patchwork blanket.
“This year's Big Tea Cosy is going to be even cosier than ever as we once again team up with the world's largest knitting supplier, Love Knitting, and its incredible community of knitters,” says Pamela Healy OBE, chief executive of Breast Cancer Haven. “Our visitors tell us that Breast Cancer Haven makes them feel safe, welcomed and incredibly well-supported, and we think the Big Tea Cosy campaign sums this up perfectly. The added element of again being able to knit or crochet something to give back to someone currently undergoing treatment makes the campaign even more special.” Visit www.breastcancerhaven.org.uk to sign up for this year's event.