The ethos behind Loving Hands is to bring together like-minded crafters to knit, crochet and sew for charities and groups from all over the world. Through careful vetting Loving Hands makes sure that every charity, group or individual we recommend is taking the items directly to the areas of most need and hand delivering them to the people in crisis or animals in need.
Kate Gaunt has been running Loving Hands since July 2015 when founder Lou Jaap retired due to poor health and family commitments. Kate joined Loving Hands in July 2010 and was a very active member before taking over the reigns from Lou.
Loving Hands has moved forward, following the ethos that is the mainstay of the group - that is to help people keep warm with knitted, crochet or sewn items that are given with love and never sold!
We make everything from burial items for tiny babies who do not survive, to knitted 'boobs' which are used to teach breastfeeding in UK hospitals, blankets, knee rugs and shoulder wraps for the elderly, fiddle mats and muffs for dementia sufferers, hats for sailors, warm clothing for the homeless and for children living in freezing conditions in places like Serbia, Ukraine and Moldova. As well as this our makes have gone all over the world as well as the UK including; Kenya, South Africa, India, Sri Lanka, Sierra Leone, Haiti, Gambia, Croatia, Romania etc. We also supply dog and cat rescues with blankets, coats and knitted cat-nip mice!
Loving Hands Craft for Charity Group was founded on 22nd June 2007 by Lou Jaap after a very succesful 24 hour Charity Knit-a-thon which took place in the Volunteer Centre in Kirkcaldy, Fife to celebrate National Volunteers Week - the idea being to demonstrate to people that they could volunteer from the comfort of their own homes. The event went so well it was decided to start up a group to continue the great work started during the Knit-a-thon - and so Loving Hands was born.
Leader - Kate Gaunt