Hurt, Hope and Home-Start

Eight years ago, I was struggling with the emotional and physical impact of our elder daughter’s birth and we had just moved to be nearer to our families and for a new job for my husband, Mr T. After a few weeks our new Health Visitor (a community nurse trained to support young children and their families) could see how tough I was finding things and she suggested I speak to Home-Start to see if I could benefit from their support. There were dark days but even the thought that someone might give their time to help see us through was enormously encouraging. A coordinator visited us at home, and although we decided together not to go ahead with matching me with a volunteer, I still remember the kindness and generosity that was shown to me.

This is just one of the reasons why I’m keen to support Home-Start and the Snowflake appeal this winter, a challenge to crochet snowflakes and help raise funds for their work with children and their families.

The pattern and details of where to send the snowflakes are available from Love Crochet, as well as a link if you would like to donate directly to Home-Start.  I’m looking forward to seeing the display at the Handmade Christmas Fair!

Here is a video with Kirstie Allsop and Bella Coco to help you get started (written and left-handed versions are also available here).