Eaves blankets project
Farrer & Co take the idea of corporate social responsibility seriously and have made a significant contribution to Clerkenwell School and its pupils.
Stephanie Linkogle, Volunteer Reading Help
In early 2012, the Farrer & Co Knitting Club was established to bring members of the firm together in using their creative skills for charity.
Our first project involved knitting blankets for the domestic violence charity, Eaves.
Eaves is a London-based charity that provides high quality housing and support to vulnerable women. It also carries out research, advocacy and campaigning to prevent all forms of violence against women.
The aim of the knitting project was to make blankets for use in the refuges which Eaves provide for vulnerable women and their children. We hope that the blankets might provide a little warmth and comfort to those experiencing a difficult time in their lives, and also help to brighten up their accommodation.
Over 60 knitters from across the firm took part in the project, generously giving their time, skills and spare wool towards knitting lots of 15cm squares, which were then pieced together into blankets. Both experienced and beginner knitters fully embraced the project, with beginners' lessons and a knitting club being held at lunchtimes over the course of a few months.
The project also received immense support from Farrers' friends and families, with knitted squares (and indeed entire blankets) arriving by post from across the country, from Wales and from Northern Ireland.
Together, we produced over 500 squares, which were then sewn together to create 14 magnificent blankets.
Previously we donated some of the Santa's gift-boxes, prepared as part of the firm's Christmas Corporate Responsibility Project, to Eaves to be given to the women and children staying in their refuges.