Thornton le Dale Village Hub Knits Towards Mental Health Awareness

by Jared Smith

Thornton le Dale Village Hub has taken on an exciting new project.

The ‘Crafty Hubbers’ have been knitting bees all through lockdown for the Hub’s 2021 entry —  representing the whole of Yorkshire — in the ‘large village’ category of RHS Britain in Bloom. Wool was distributed during lockdown and this has kept the Crafty Hubbers busy. We have now completed the bees and wanted to highlight how knitting helped us all through this difficult time.

It is a known fact that knitting can help with individual health and wellness. With this in mind, we decided that it was important to highlight personal wellness; so we have now launched the ‘Buddy Bear’ Appeal.

Mental Health is often a hidden illness and can be a silent killer. Unfortunately, we have no idea how our friends, family, and neighbours are feeling, especially during this pandemic.

The whole idea of our Buddy Bear is to contribute towards Mental Health Awareness, and show how important it is to help our community during this worrying time, by knitting as many Buddy Bears as possible and giving them to family and friends as a gesture. This gesture is to say you are not alone and that we all stand together as one. We hope that passing on a Buddy Bear and a knitting pattern will encourage others to knit and — hopefully — we will build a Buddy Bear community. Personalise each bear with a name tag and add a personal message.

The Hub has received full copyright permission from the publishers’ Search Press and the joint authors to use the pattern from the book, ‘Knit yourself Calm’. Also, a copy of the knitting pattern is on the Thornton Le Dale Village Hub Website. We would be delighted if other Hubs would also take on this challenge!

If you are not a knitter and would still like to send a Buddy Bear to someone, a selection is on sale in some of the shops in Thornton le Dale — just look for the posters. A list will also be put on our website. Send a photograph of your finished Bear to and add which area you are in (so we can publish on our website).

Any money raised will be going to the Next Steps Mental Health Resource Centre. The centre is based in Malton and caters for the Ryedale area.

The funds will go towards purchasing a portable Hearing Loop. We are also hoping to hold a coffee morning in Spring 2021 and a sponsored walk to help raise the required funds.

If you would like to knit Buddy Bears for our fundraising project, we will be happy to provide the wool for you. Please contact the Hub on 07826595048 or email

This project is run by Thornton Le Dale Village Hub as part of the Britain in Bloom 2021 Community Section and supported by NYCC Stronger Communities Team as part of the Covid Support Grant.

‘Knit and Give to someone special to show how much you care’

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