Part of our goal in putting on this event in the autumn is to give back to the community. There are a couple of ways we see that happening. The first is by bringing together knitters/crocheters/spinners/weavers and giving them an opportunity to explore new shops and make new friends. The second is by donating to a local charity, specifically one devoted to helping women and children. As both of us are women with children, supporting organizations that help those in need is an important thing for us.
After researching the various London-based women-focused charities around, we've decided that any net profit from this year's event will be donated to Refuge. In their own words:
"Refuge opened the world’s first safe house for women and children escaping domestic violence, in West London, in 1971. Since then we have grown to become the country’s largest single provider of specialist domestic violence services. On any given day our national network of services support over 2,000 women and children. Our life-saving and life-changing services empower women to rebuild their lives, and support children to overcome their traumatic experiences. Refuge is facing unprecedented financial pressure – which is why we need support more than ever before. Thank you to all at Yarn in the City: The Great London Yarn Crawl for your continued support. For more information visit www.refuge.org.uk."
We hope that enthusiastic participation by all you fiber fanatics out there will mean that we can send a chunk of change to Refuge at the end of the day. Thanks so much for your support for such a great cause!