CRAFTY folk from Somerset can put their sewing skills to the test and create a felt unicorn using a kit created in aid of charity from this month (June, 2016) onwards.
The Pet and Craft Centres at Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre have teamed up to produce a ‘Candyfloss the Unicorn’ sewing kit in aid of Conquest Centre, which provides horse-based activities for children and adults with physical and learning disabilities.
Julia Langley, Craft Centre Assistant at the award-winning, independent, family-run garden centre near Taunton, said: “As part of this year’s charity fundraising we thought we’d put a craft kit together for seasoned crafters or for people who want to try something new and take up a hobby.
“The kit contains everything people will need to make a felt unicorn. There are a variety of colours available and each kit comes with helpful instructions. The kits will cost £3.99 and £2 from each sale will go to the charity.
“People of all ages can give these a go. We’d love it if people tried the different colours and created their own blessing of unicorns at home. They can also tweet us pictures of the finished unicorns @MonktonElm or post them on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/monktonelm.
“We chose to raise money for Conquest Centre because we wanted to support a local animal charity and many of us know someone who has benefitted from animal therapy related activities.”
Conquest Centre, which is based at Norton Fitzwarren, provides horse-based activities for people with physical and learning disabilities, including emotional and behavioural challenges, and through this benefits their health and well-being. It delivers these activities in an inclusive equine environment which welcomes the whole community.
Its work focuses on each person’s ability rather than disability and aims to allow each individual to achieve their personal goals.
Conquest began its journey in 1965. Today it caters for 180 disabled children and adults each week, as well as families/carers, students, volunteers, public riders and local clubs and associations.
As well as individuals who access Conquest directly, its services are used by Community Payback, local authority care homes, special schools/SEN departments, Somerset County Council’s Short Breaks programme and local disability support groups.
Teresa Wort, Corporate and Community Fundraiser at Conquest Centre, said: “We are extremely grateful to have been chosen to benefit from the beautiful Candyfloss Unicorn kit. They are absolutely gorgeous and we know they will be extremely popular, a lovely gift to receive or to give.”
The ‘Candyfloss the Unicorn’ kit will be available from the Pet and Craft Centres at Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre for £3.99 each with £2 from each sale being donated to Conquest Centre.
For more information, please visit the garden centre, which is located just off the A38 at Monkton Heathfield between Bridgwater and Taunton, call 01823 412381, visit www.monktonelmgardencentre.co.uk, log on to www.facebook.com/Monktonelm or follow the company on Twitter by visiting www.twitter.com/Monktonelm.