I grew up in a small village in Somerset surrounded by family and open fields.
I scrumped apples, played in hay barns, scuffed my knees and rode horses.
I watched my Grandmother's and aunties (I have 7) knit, natter and occasionally play cards for pennies.
We used to meet at Nan's (Nellie's) for elevenses, wait for 'Doughy' the local baker to drive up in his van so we could run out and buy fresh jam doughnuts to eat with our cheese, biscuits and sugary sweet cups of tea that Nan had laid out inside.
"The notion of feeling lonely or isolated is such an alien concept to me as I have, for as long as I can remember,
been surrounded by family"
Isolation, loneliness & depression amongst our friends and neighbours is something I feel a responsibility we all share.
I am sure we all know someone who lives alone, is retired, is withdrawing from community life.
A simple conversation, an offer of help with shopping or collection of medication can have a huge impact on someones day.
To recreate elevenses at Nan's with a 'Sit & Knit' community group for elderly people at risk of isolation, loneliness & depression.
Whilst we sit & knit we will share stories, worries and laughter over a cup of tea and cake whilst listening to Vera Lynn maybe even enjoy a good old sing along.
To promote the use of 100% wool in the production of my award winning womens scarf and mens scarf knitwear collections.
To use recycled/recyclable packaging.
To use reusable jute bags as an alternative to plastic or paper.
To use Cork Leather as an ethical alternative to animal leather on all of my outdoor country clothing.
To reduce our environmental footprint through supporting British business.
To donate a percentage from the sale of each hand knitted garment to charities supporting mental health.