Six years in partnership, raising over £1.4 million to help seriously ill children and their families create precious memories

About Together for Short Lives

There are 49,000 children and young people in the UK living with a life-threatening or life-limiting condition. Together for Short Lives is the leading UK charity for all children living with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition and those who support, love and care for them, including the UK’s 54 children’s hospices. Their work helps to ensure that these children and their families can get the best possible care, wherever and whenever they need it.

Making a difference to your communities

There are 54 children’s hospices across the UK. Local children’s hospice services are there from the moment of diagnosis throughout a child’s illness. They provide flexible, practical and free support at home or in the hospice to the entire family, often over many years.

Lizzie and her family are supported by their local children’s hospice, Children’s Hospice South West

Lizzie and her family feature in our very special festive charity film. Lizzie (4) was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, a condition where the left side of her heart is underdeveloped (sometimes known as half a heart). Lizzie underwent her first open heart surgery at 5 days old and has had three others since then and 20 smaller key-hole surgeries. "Even though it’s not visual that Lizzie has a life-threatening condition,” says Mum Jo, “she faces challenges every single day. Lizzie is not due to live a long life."

Lizzie’s twin Emily, younger brother Ben and family find visiting the hospice at Charlton Farm, Wraxall invaluable. Mum Jo explains, "Coming to the hospice as a family, we do things together that Lizzie cannot do in an ordinary, every-day setting. She can’t over exert herself, so painting and crafting is something they can do together. To be able to sit down and create memories with her sister and brother Ben, is amazing."

Each Hobbycraft store is partnered with their nearest children’s hospice, meaning that local families directly benefit from money raised locally.

What we do

Across our business Hobbycraft colleagues raise vital funds for children’s hospice in a variety of ways. In-store our carrier bag levy is donated to Together for Short Lives and when paying by chip and pin at the till our customers are invited to donate 20p via Pennies the digital charity box.

Our stores also host regular fundraising events that both colleagues and customers are encouraged to take part in. From crafting stations to cake sales there are many opportunities to get involved and donate. Outside of the stores our colleagues take part in all sorts of challenge events to raise money including the London Marathon, countryside treks and even a coast to coast cycle.

You can keep up to date with our latest fundraising news on your local store’s page or on Twitter.