Sister titles from Future Publishing’s market-leading craft portfolio, Simply Knitting and The Knitter, have teamed up with national domestic violence charity Refuge to help raise awareness about the issue and support women and children who experience abuse.
Working with Refuge to launch a nationwide ‘Comfort Blanket Campaign’, Future’s magazines are asking readers to knit small squares, which can be sewn together to create larger blankets. The blankets will then be given to the women and children who access Refuge’s services – with the target of making 100 blankets by Christmas.
Refuge is the magazines’ nominated charity for 2011 and is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. With one in four women experiencing domestic violence at some point in their lives, Refuge supports 1,600 women and children each day, providing a vital lifeline for those looking to escape the misery of abuse.
As part of the Comfort Blanket Campaign, beautiful patterns are available online in an e-book containing 26 different designs.
Kerry Lawrence, publisher of Future’s Craft portfolio, says: “This campaign offers our readers the chance to put their skills to good use and do something really positive. Although this is only a small gesture, the Comfort Blanket Campaign shows sufferers that we care and will help to raise vital funds to support the work of Refuge.”