When the staff of Her Majesty’s Prison Foston Hall contacted us about holding a fundraising event, we were delighted to be able to support their initiatives by providing them with items to sell.
What we didn’t know at the time was that alongside our wristbands were knitted pink ribbon brooches for sale. These particular brooches had been made by a small knitting project being run within the prison itself.
Set up by one of the officers, the group provides the female inmates with purposeful activity and gives them the opportunity to put something back.
Prison Governor Clare Pearson is a huge supporter of the scheme which has energised the group and provided them with the opportunity to get involved to the benefit of everyone concerned.
We have been invited to visit the group at HMP Foston Hall to see first hand how the female custodial community works and unites those taking part in the project. As part of our visit we will be looking at opportunities to support the group, which we intend to begin by selling their pink ribbon brooches on our own online shop alongside other pink ribbon badges handmade by women’s job creation groups in South Africa.
We have been provided with a small supply of the pink ribbon badges which are pictured above being worn by our Research Manager Dr Nik Winstone. These brooches are available to purchase through our online shop where all profits support breast cancer research.
We will be working together with the group and hope to stock the ribbons knitted by the inmates of HMP Foston Hall on a permanent basis in the near future.
However getting hold of pink wool is proving to be difficult for the group, so to assist them, we’re asking our supporters if they would donate their left over or unused pink wool.
If you have any pink wool to donate, please consider sending it to us at the following address;
Against Breast Cancer, Leathem House, 13 Napier Court, Abingdon, OX14 3YT