Party Planning - Christmas Crafternoon

The charity Mind is a cause close to my heart and I have supported it for many years now for many, many reasons - not least because my Dad succumbed to mental health issues when I was 19 years old. I’ve been thinking for a while of doing some serious fundraising but you’ll probably realise that I’m not usually big on sponsored runs, silences or fasting... then I discovered their Crafternoon campaign!

You don’t have to be an expert crafter to hold or attend a Crafternoon, it’s all about having a go, having fun, and not worrying too much about the mess or finished product. Which is pretty good really because I'm not the best crafter but I have an awful lot of enthusiasm.
So I’m hosting an event in a couple of week’s time for friends and family, we'll be attempting to make something suitably Christmas-y and indulging in some cake and mince pies, all for a good cause. I'm also badgering a number of businesses and companies in the local area to provide support or prizes for a raffle.

It's important to me that as much money as possible goes direct to the charity and so I'll be doing as much as possible myself to maximise profits - all of which will go to Mind. We've got a lovely little venue for free at a town centre church and I'll be holding back on my desire for balloons and decorations in favour of keeping things simple.

The money we raise from our Crafternoon will help make sure there’s always somewhere for people to turn for support and advice. With our help Mind will keep pushing for a better deal and respect for everyone experiencing a mental health problem.

I am really excited to be planning and hosting this fundraising event so expect some updates in the next 12 days and a summary after the event letting you know if we reached our target of £150 and how to go about planning your own Crafternoon.

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