Six years in partnership, raising over £1 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.

Harry and his family are supported by their local children’s hospice, Little Havens.

"Harry has developmental delay and Mitochondrial Disease which affects his muscles, central nervous system and brain. His parents were told that Harry would probably not live past his first birthday and would be unable to sit up, walk, talk or eat, and the family were prepared for the worst.

What I find nice about it is you’ve got a mixture of things there, there’s the swimming pool, multi-sensory room, ball pool, messy play area, Georgia, Harry’s sister, goes to Krafty Kids and me and Steve can chat to other families and find out their experiences. Having somewhere like Little Havens where you can go whatever the answer is or whatever happens is just fantastic - to know you have that support. On top of all the other horrible and stressful things we may have to deal with, it’s been really positive for all of us and I’m so glad we found it."

Donna, Harry’s Mum

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.