Local celebrity Julie Fernandez and her business partner Sarah Payne are celebrating the first birthday of their craft shop Bee Crafty by raising money for local charities. Julie, who played Brenda in the BBC show The Office, has used a wheelchair all her life, and was especially keen to support young disabled people in the Cambridgeshire area.
The craft shop in Ellington, Huntingdon is selling packs of fabric for £1 each, for supporters to sew into blocks to make 2 community quilts. The quilts will be donated as raffle prizes to raise funds for 2 local charities. Disability charity Papworth Trust will use the money to run activities at youth clubs for disabled teenagers, and the Cambridge and Huntingdon Deaf Children's Society (CHDCS) will run a residential weekend for children next year at a specialist outdoor activity centre.
Julie and Sarah said: "We wanted to give something back to local people to say a big thank you for all their support over the last 12 months. These community quilts will allow crafters everywhere to get involved in raising money for 2 great causes."
Anyone can get involved in the project by purchasing the fabric packs from the shop in Ellington (or call 01480 891746) and sewing them into a block for the quilts. Raffle tickets for the chance to win the final quilts will be available in July from the following outlets: