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Henshaws launches '12 Days of Giving' appeal to support art makers

Harrogate-based charity Henshaws has launched its 12 Days of Giving appeal to raise money for its arts and crafts centre.

Henshaws launches '12 Days of Giving' appeal to support art makers

Harrogate-based charity Henshaws has launched its 12 Days of Giving appeal to raise money for its arts and crafts centre.

The charity is calling on local businesses, organisations and individuals to support its art makers throughout the whole of 2024 by making a donation this Christmas.

Henshaws supports over 7,000 people who are registered blind or disabled, including young people with profound and multiple learning difficulties, sensory impairments, and other physical disabilities.

The charity’s Arts and crafts centre in Knaresborough provides creative workshops for these members, allowing them to discover their artistic talents and create unique pieces of art.

On weekdays, the workshops are filled with more than 150 art makers.

And to make the workshops come to life, there are a range of costs to cover for all the materials including things like mosaic tiles, paintbrushes, easels and clay, wood, tissue paper, crayons, pom poms and paint.

Gemma Young, Henshaws Fundraising Development Manager, said:

“Winter is fast approaching, and as the temperature drops, so can the spirits of many in our community.

“Heating our Centre during these colder months is not just a matter of comfort; it's a matter of inclusion and accessibility.

“Our workshops allow Art Makers to use their talents not only to change their own lives but to gain some control over how society reacts to and perceives their disability, breaking down barriers and creating life-long friendships”.

Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre is open to the public Monday to Friday, with a fully licensed café and shop, accessible facilities and woodland walk and is also available to hire for events and functions on evenings and weekends.

There is also a wide variety of events which take place throughout the year such as the annual Beer Festival and BedFest events.

To donate to Henshaws 12 Days of Giving Campaign, visit the Appeal page here or get in touch with gemma.young@henshaws.org.uk to find out more.

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