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Sadly my garden bench didn’t quite make the grade… this fabulous drum storage by Upcycling.xyz won the £500 for Neils chosen charity NSPCC
But I had fabulous fun.. the bloggers were all super friendly, the projects inspiring and gumtree pefect hosts.
Max McMurdo was an inspirational speaker, two key messages have stuck with me-
- Anyone can upcycle, it doesn’t need to be perfect, have a go
- Upcyclers are all slightly mad
I’m sure my husband concurs with the second, in fact I recall him advising me I was mad whilst he helped make the bench seat!!
See a short video about the event here
Very exitingly it feels like the event lives on with the launch of the first National Upcycling Day by Gumtree, this Wednesday the 24th June!! Follow the hashtag #NationalUpcyclingDay on twitter for some fabulous inspiration, I know there are lots of plans afoot:)
Plus all the upcycled creations will be for sale on gumtree. All the money will be going to Nelsons Journey.
Let me tell you a little about the charity, it’s a small local charity which provides vital support to children
“Nelson’s Journey has been operating for 17yrs is a registered charity providing a service for children and young people aged 0-17 years inclusive, living in Norfolk, who have experienced the death of a significant person in their life. We aim to improve the emotional well-being of bereaved children by: increasing their confidence and self-belief, providing education about the causes of death, enabling families to talk openly about their bereavement. We also provide opportunities to remember those who have died and help children to express and understand their emotions.”
The charity have developed a range of support resources which are available as free downloads from their website which has eased pressure slightly but the number of children and young people requiring support from a professional bereavement worker continues to increase.