Woolfest couldn't take place without the support of a number of groups, organisations and individuals who help us run the event and also those who raise money for various charities that we are delighted to support.
Thanks to everyone who give time or money to support these important charities each year and we hope you supported several at Woolfest 2017.
We are very pleased to have P/Hop (Pennies per Hour of pleasure) with us once again. P/Hop is a knitting community fundraiser for Medécins Sans Frontières. Thanks to all those who donate money in exchange for knitting and crochet patterns. We understand that £668 was raised for P/Hop this year, very similar to the year before, so thank you everyone who donated in exchange for patterns.
Not somewhere to leave your partner or child but the ideal spot to leave all those unwieldy bags (especially if you have been buying fleece!) while you carry on looking around Woolfest. In 2017 the Wool Crêche was organised by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust with the £175 raised going to this important charity. The charity raised a further £200 on their stall so thank you to everyone buying raffle tickets, cards, pens, pencils and so on.
We were delighted to welcome ROKPA back to Woolfest in 2017. Their fundraising aids and supports orphaned children in Nepal; ever essential work. They sold their bamboo socks last year, a real favourite in previous years too. In 2016 the musicians kindly donated their takings to ROKPA and a staggering £2915.07 was raised.
Our musicians entertain us and give generously of their time every year and they are a vital part of the Woolfest atmosphere. In 2017, they collected donations for ROKPA once more, handing over £258 to this essential charity (see above). Thank you for your donations which were much appreciated by both the musicians and ROKPA themselves. We look forward to welcoming many of our regular musicians next year, plus a few newbies perhaps?