Meet part of the great team at Hythe’s Waterside Cancer Support Ceb

I delivered cushion number 80 to Hythe this afternoon, and as usual when I meet anyone asking for a cushion, was struck by the energy and optimism of fund raisers and supporters.

The cushion will start to be raffled at their Easter Fayre at St John’s Church Hall in Hythe on April 5th, 10.00 am – 2.00pm, with a children’s Easter Bonnet parade at 1.00pm. Tickets for the cushion will continue to be raffled until their Summer Ball, later in the year.


Here are Meg, Sheila, Jude, Michelle and Jaqui, befrienders, therapist, and cancer survivor who finds the Centre a very special place.

A heart for Waterside Cancer Support in Hythe, nr Southampton

This Saturday, April 5th, there’s an Easter Fayre at St Johns Hall, Hythe, near Southampton, to help raise funds for Waterside Cancer Support. Please pop in, enjoy the Fayre, and buy a raffle ticket!

I love this heart design, I’ve made several over the last 12 months, I think it represents the warmth, love and support that so many amazing people offer the world.


Winnie the Pooh for Jemima!

The Big Coffee Morning in Otterbourne Village Hall (10.30-12.30) on 15th March has a raffle, and a cushion! All funds to help little Jemima as she flies out to America for an operation to help with her Cerebral Palsy.

Hopefully Pooh and friends will help boost the coffers a little!


I’m off to iron him a little more!

Three cushions for March, and not a hare in sight!

15th March. Otterbourne Village Hall, a Big Coffee Morning helping Jemima on her journey to the States for an op to help with her Cerebral Palsy. Jemima will be flying off on the 15th, but will have so many more expenses!

21st March. A Murder Mystery Evening (and raffle!) at Twyford Village Hall should bring in some funds for the 1st Winchester Scouts who desperately need a new hut. Tickets £10 a head from This event had to be postponed from earlier because of flooding!

29th March. The Southern Shires Bloodhounds Gala Ball takes place in Thatcham. It’s a very glamorous event and there will be a cushion in the silent auction. Full details at

For the 1st Winchester Scouts, Cushion 75!

Slightly astonished to find folk wanted more than the first few cushions! This one is to help the 1st Winchester Scouts raise money for a new Scout Hut. It will be raffled at their Murder Mystery Evening at Twyford Village Hall on the 15th February, Tickets £10 a head from


Yes, it’s the satin wedding dress again, although I should have learnt by now that a dense pattern like this will make the fabric pucker badly, so I needed to cut out the Fleur de Lis from my first attempt and appliqué it for it to work!

Please don’t let it be pouring with rain when I trundle up Winchester High Street to work Before I deliver it to tomorrow! Might get a bit soggy!

The first cushion of the New Year is for “JAWS”!

After a very lazy month and a few false starts, I popped a cushion down to the wonderful Sheila Clayton in Southampton yesterday. Sheila spends her days doing all she can for animal welfare throughout the world. The cushion is to be raffled over the coming months for the Japan Animal Welfare Society.

After making festive cushions for Christmas it took a while to work out what to make for Sheila. One of the wedding dresses that had come from my mum and dads wedding dress shop, Barclays of Havant, many years ago was a wonderful heavy cream satin. Taking care to line it and stabilise it, I think it’s pretty cool! Hopefully there’s enough fabric for a couple more!


We’re SO close to £6,000!

The latest total is 52 cushions gone and approx £5,911.50 made!

It’s approximate because so many cushions have been in raffles with other items. It’s tempting to tweak those figures to take the total over £6,000 but I’ll be good (for now!).

I’m so grateful to all those who have asked for a cushion and have worked SO hard to make money for their chosen charity. It’s humbling to see all the extraordinary projects that people throw themselves into, and all the support they receive.

A special mention has to go to Pat in Highcliffe, Dorset, who has been dragging her cushion around with her for weeks and has made £404 by selling tickets for it!

I will keep going til April. 2014, so if you know a charity that could put a cushion to good use in Hampshire, Dorset or the Isle of Wight, point them in the direction of the website,

I think there might be a few more results to come in before Christmas and I’ll keep you updated, but for now may I wish everyone involved in the 60 cushion challenge the very best for a glorious Christmas and New Year.

With love,


Come to the wonderful Christmas Concert in Southampton on the 12th…..

12th December, I’ll be hosting the very special, annual Christmas Carol Concert in aid of Southampton Seafarers Mission. It’s held in the Ocean Terminal (Dock Gate 4) and was just wonderful last year. The Southampton Youth Brass Band will be playing, the Voxpop Choir singing. There will be some lovely readings. I couldn’t go without a cushion! I’ll be there before the start at 7.00pm to sell as many as possible!

From now until 19th December, the Solent MS Therapy Group in Portsmouth have a raffle with a cushion lurking. You’re welcome to pop in for a chat and buy a raffle ticket. They’re at Bradbury House, 56 Hewett Road, North End, PO2 0QP – they’re a great team who would love to see you.