As our Stitch for Syria campaign comes to an end, we look back on two craft-filled months – and reveal exactly how many patterns will make up the final artwork.
Earlier this year we launched a unique campaign, Stitch for Syria. We invited our supporters to take on a cross-stitch challenge to show support for a group of female Syrian refugees in Lebanon, who are using cross-stitch to earn a vital income and deal with the trauma of all they have been through.
As we planned the campaign, we faced a tough question – would enough people take part? We knew that the UK public cared deeply about the Syria crisis, and wanted to help. But this was much more than spending two minutes signing a petition or forwarding an email – we wanted supporters to spend hours working away with a needle and thread.
We would need to convince people here just how important craft sessions were to the refugees. Unlike our work giving out blankets, food parcels and school supplies, the full power of the project in Lebanon might not be obvious straight away.
So we let the refugees themselves explain why it means so much.