This year’s Bath in Fashion raised more than £3,000 for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign which is raising funds towards a pioneering new cancer centre at the hospital.
In all, £3,061.28 was donated through collections and a raffle of a beautiful pendant created through a collaboration of Nicholas Wylde Goldsmiths and British designer Zandra Rhodes and the Yarnbomb down Milsom Street.
The Yarnbomb, organised by local crochet artist Emma Leith, was kindly sponsored by Mulberry which donated £100 for every post decorated – resulting £2,000 alone.
Crafters from all across the catchment area came together to ‘Crochet for Cancer’ and transform Milsom Street into a Woollen Wonderland, with thousands of beautiful vibrant flowers covering the street. Crochet with Coffee, a monthly gathering of volunteers at Carluccio’s in Milsom Place led the flower crafting for the Yarnbomb under Emma’s direction.
Emma herself recently underwent breast cancer treatment at the RUH. She said: “I cannot thank the breast unit staff enough for their continued care and support throughout my journey with breast cancer and I am sincerely indebted to everyone who contributed to this year’s yarn bomb. It’s been an uplifting and wonderful experience seeing everyone’s work come together to create such a magnificent display and to be able to say thank you through the power of crochet!”
Lydia McGivern, community fundraiser for The Forever Friends Appeal, said: “We are so grateful to Bath in Fashion, Mulberry, Emma and all of the wonderful local crafters for their fantastic support with the Yarnbomb. The Appeal relies on the generosity of local people and we could not help to improve care for our patients at the RUH without their kindness.
“We would also like to say a big thank you to Nicholas Wylde and Zandra Rhodes for their work in creating and raffling their beautiful pendant. The raffle raised £670 for The Forever Friends Appeal and we are so grateful for their kind support.”