All Counties Craft Challenge

November 21, 2015 — 23 Comments

Hello me old chums. Hope you are well?

Now, you’ve possibly seen a little about this if you follow me on Facebook or Twitter however I wanted to let those that follow my blog know about an exciting challenge that I am undertaking in 2016.

It’s called the All Counties Craft Challenge.

What is that?

I am organising a charity fund raising challenge in aid of Mind, a mental health charity based in the UK, which will see me leave the security and certainty of my home behind and spend just over a year visiting each and every county in the United Kingdom whilst living in, teaching workshops in, crafting in and blogging/vlogging from a campervan.

The idea has already been pitched to Mind and they have accepted me as a volunteer fund raiser and provided me with a range of tools and materials to help get me going, but I still need your help to make this happen and make positive change to lives that have been affected by mental health issues.

Why am I doing it?

It is fair to say that my own life has been turned upside down by mental health issues in recent years, with severe depression and general anxiety disorder making day-to-day life a real struggle, but Mind were there for me and have been an outstanding resource and support mechanism through it all.

I am therefore doing this in order to give something back and to help others who have been affected by similar issues.

As an added bonus I would also hope to be able to share the calming, focusing and ultimately beneficial properties of a creative hobby along the way.

Can you help?

As I mentioned, I need help. I am usually too proud to ask for it, but there it is. A simple request.

Probably the biggest obstacle to getting this on the road will be the campervan but there are also smaller on-going costs that will be incurred.

Whilst I plan to fund the day-to-day costs with profits from my small business and from sales of artwork (created along my journey) and workshops that I will host in the van my personal up front capital is exceptionally limited – basically zero. Not even a car to part-exchange for the van.

I am therefore looking to see if there is anyway that you can help.

I have set up a crowd funding page at www.gofundme.com/allcountiescraft which has already generated over £1,000 in it’s first few days. Can you add to this? Perhaps a small donation, or if you would like a workshop with me, a payment of £30 (or more) would secure you a place in a workshop when I visit your county.

If a financial contribution is not possible then even just sharing this page on your Facebook or Twitter accounts would be equally appreciated. Tell your friends, family – basically anyone that will listen :)

It’s up to you which you do but without you, I can’t do this. The old lyric, “I get by with a little help from my friends” has never been so relevant.

Do you get anything in return for your help?

My word yes!

All donations will receive my sincere gratitude and the undeniable satisfaction that you have helped a fantastic cause.

Some specific ‘rewards’ have also been created – there are framed mini artworks and also places on workshops available.

£15 gets you a framed mini line art drawing that I will make whilst on tour – these will be a limited edition series.

£30 gets you a place in a group workshop in the van. Workshops will be organised by county and groups will be a maximum of three people per workshop and two workshops per week so these too are limited – be the first to book!

£50 gets you a 1-2-1 workshop with me in the van.

A variety of genres and techniques can be covered in a campervan – perhaps if you missed it because you were too far away we could do the country scene creative stamping workshop that I ran recently; ultimately we’ll just have fun whatever we do, ok?

I’ll even throw in drinks and snacks throughout the day – it’ll be like a mini adventure for us all!

In the cooler months, or if you’ve a group of more than three, I can always arrange to carry out the workshop indoors – a local hall or a local craft shop – get in touch and let’s talk.

If these rewards don’t tickle your fancy but you have an idea that’s not listed and want to discuss it before making your donation – then please get in touch!

When is this happening?

I would ideally like to start this journey as early in 2016 as possible so contributions/social media shares/awareness need to start asap!

I know that it’s a big ask with Christmas just around the corner however I that’s the point of using a crowd funding website – many hands make light work of a big job and I believe that together we can make this happen – pound by great British pound!

What happens at the end of the tour?

Well, many things could happen – a year is a long time after all.

The most likely thing is that the van, purchased with the contributions, will be sold and the funds invested in it released and donated to Mind – it seems the most logical thing to conclude the journey.

Final Thoughts

If you, a family member or a friend has been affected by mental health issues then please help support me with this campaign and help me to help Mind continue their sterling work at providing support for those with mental health issues.

Thank you for taking the time to read and please accept my sincerest thanks in advance of all help.

The website address for donations is www.gofundme.com/allcountiescraft

As always, if you have any comments or questions about this post then please feel free to use the comments section below. Also, If you know of anyone that would appreciate reading this post, there are handy sharing icons below.

I’ll see you again soon!

J :)

23 responses to All Counties Craft Challenge

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    Reblogged this on Catwithoneear’s Blog.

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  2. 

    Hi John

    Mind is a wonderful charity. I feel lucky to not have ever had long lasting mental health issues. I have friends and family who have struggled with mental illness (cos that’s what it is, an illness like any other, that needs treating, understanding and not to be stigmatised) and I’ve seen the ‘help’ they’ve had. Good and indifferent. Charities like Mind save lives and give people the tools to help control their illness.

    I will add to your crowd funding quite happily. I’m happy to share this too.

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  3. 

    What a fantastic idea! What are your plans for London? Officially I live in Kent but am closer to central London than say Maidstone or Ashford.

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  4. 

    Where will the money be sent and what method will be used

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      If I understand your question correctly then this initial request for funds is to cover the costs of the transport and operational costs for the year. Once the challenge is over it is likely that the van will be sold and the proceeds released and given to Mind along with all of the other funds raised within the year as a result of this campaign.
      I hope this clarifies things but if you require further information, please do let me know.
      Best wishes,
      J.

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  5. 

    Wonderful idea John. We have a crop in North Somerset on the first Sat of each month. Do you think you would be able to teach a workshop for us and then just hang out and relax with us the rest of the day if you would like. We are a small group who love our craft and I am sure would love a workshop from you.

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      That can certainly be arranged – the cost would be £30 per person and would need to be added to the Go Fund Me total before January.
      If you need any further information or have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact me via email (link at the top of this page).
      John :)

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  6. 

    Hi John, my son had severe mental health issues and having experienced the difficult, and sometimes impossible, way to get NHS help – the hospital and doctors look at you as if you were asking for the moon, rather than a bit of help, I would be pleased to help in any way I can. I live near Chesterfield in Derbyshire. Lorraine x

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  7. 
    Pamela (pyjama princess) November 21, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    What a wonderful and thoughtful thing to do John. I belong to several forums so will post a link to your blog on them. I hope UK crafters will support you in this and raise loads of money for Mind.

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  8. 

    John, what a great idea. My daughter suffered depression a couple of years ago, didn’t get help from MIND but still good to know they are there. I will go over and donate now, and perhaps my totally un-creative daughter and a friend could take advantage of yiur teaching. She should be back at Uni of Leeds by October 16.

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  9. 

    What a wonderful idea John, anyone who can give their time, heart and energies to a worthwhile cause should, and must give themselves a real hug. I for one would love to participate in a workshop with you, so, as and when you publish the towns where you will hope to be going I will be adding myself to the list. Its always hard for someone to come forward and truly admit that they have had a few small problems with their own life and I applaud you for opening up your heart as well as giving something back to a cause which has been your rock.

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  10. 

    If you are coming to Fermanagh we would be interested in a workshop.
    Paddy & Breda Murphy.
    Ederney
    Fermanagh.

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    Reblogged this on Heatherwell Designs by Anne Waller and commented:
    John is undertaking this worthwhile fundraising project.

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  12. 

    Can I ask will you becoming to Belfast. Eileen

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