Knit or Crochet for a Brighter Future

Knitted Heart Appeal

Thank you to everybody for your donations, we have been overwhelmed with the number of hearts we have received.  We have more than enough now and would ask that you don't send us anymore.

One of our amazing Sister’s, Laura Kirby-Deacon, from the Intensive Care Unit at Great Western Hospital, put out an appeal to her friends asking for knitters/sewers/crocheters to make matching hearts for the relatives of those bereaved in intensive care as they’re currently not allowed visitors.  One will be kept with their loved one if they sadly pass away, another matching one will be sent to their relative in a card from us all so they can still share something physical with their loved one after they have passed

Laura has been blown away by the response and her post has been shared by over 1,000 people.   

The Brighter Futures team are managing this request for Laura as she really cannot keep up with all the responses and we would like to look after her as she is one of our frontline heroes.  We also need to ensure those volunteering are adhering to all the government restrictions and we can look after you too! 

 So, if you are able to support this appeal, this is what we need and guidelines you need to follow to ensure we are all safe:

  • Make sure the yarn/fabric is clean.
  • Once they are made please seal them in whatever way you can i.e. zip lock bags = freezer bags with seal = bin liner sealed with tape.
  • 72hrs is the time for these to stand to be safe. So please don't consider passing these to anyone before this time is up.
  • Please date the hearts when they have been sealed so we know when the 72 hours have elapsed.
  • Please post your hearts to Brighter Futures, Brunel Treatment Centre, Great Western Hospital, Marlborough Road, Swindon, SN3 6BB.  Please only go to the Post Office as part of your daily exercise allowance or on an essential shopping trip.  Please observe social distancing rules at all times. 
  • If you fall into the high risk category PLEASE ASK SOMEBODY ELSE TO POST THEM FOR YOU.  
  • Please DO NOT try to hand deliver them to the hospital, this is not an essential journey.
  • Stay safe everyone and if you're worried about doing this then please don't your support is still appreciated.

If you have any questions at all, please contact the Brighter Futures Team by email: or by phone 01793 605631 (Between 9 to 5, Monday to Friday)














Need a reason to be creative? take up a hobby? or have fun with friends?  Crocheting and knitting are good for you!

The proven health benefits of crocheting and knitting include reduced stress, better ability to cope with illness (physical and mental) and a decreased risk of cognitive impairment as you age.

Relaxed, repetitive motions help calm down the body and the brain creating a better mood. Knitting and crocheting also help with fine motor skills and keeping your fingers and hands feeling good as you age.

Additionally, all patterns involve maths keeping your mind sharp!

Crocheting and knitting are often group activities so why not organise a 'Knit and Natter' or a 'Crochet and Chatter' with your work colleagues, neighbours and friends. Being among friends can help combat loneliness and isolation, which  contribute to health problems.

As well as the many health benefits knitting and crocheting can help Brighter Futures support families in need and raise vital funds for the Hospital and local Community Health Service. During the Easter Holidays we raise around £3,300 from selling our knitted Easter chicks alone!  In 2020 we will be launching a new initiative called the Brighter Futures Blanketeers who will be making blankets for end of life patients, bringing comfort and warmth to them and their families. 

We have lots of wonderful patterns (see below) for items that we sell throughout the year, so if you have some spare time and yarn why not give it a go and help a great cause!

Butterflies   Chicks  Bunny Snowman  Christmas Pudding  Ghost  Pumpkin  Twiddle Muff  Knitted square

To read our knitted items purchaser safety notice click here.