My name is Kathy and this year I want to help people who are homeless in Belfast through a charity called the Welcome Organisation.
Its not often that someone pulls at your heart strings, but driving to work one sunday morning last year I passed a young man sleeping rough in the city centre, as I sat at the lights he looked up at me and smiled, a warm kind smile. I couldn't stop thinking about him and often watched out for him, sometimes he was there and other days he wasn't, but it got me thinking about what I could do to make a difference for someone like him in that situation.
Initially I was going to just do the Belfast City Marathon Fun Run, but in this day and age I thought it would be nice to give people something nice in return for their donation, so this year I'm going to use my hobby to raise money for the 'Welcome Organisation' and make packs of cards. I'm still doing the fun run and any sponsorship would be amazing.
Each card will be handmade by myself and 100% will go to the charity. Handmade cards aren't always perfect, there might be a slight hint of glue or a wonky seam, but like people, handmade isnt about perfection, its about being unique and created with love.
Like People, each one is slightly different and although so may look similar there will rarely be two the same. I use and recycle preloved material such as buttons and lace which contain happy memories of the garments they came from.
I am happy to accept commissions for personalised cards for special occasions and people.
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Making a difference one card and one mile at a time
https://www.facebook.com/kathyjsmyth to order (or email firstname.lastname@example.org) and to follow how I'm getting on x