Our sewing team now has just under 300 people in it! We have been amazed by the support that people are offering. Thank you for the post shares it has really helped!!
Can we ask another favour please. We need 40,000 hearts to start with (20,000 pairs). We anticipate that this will cover our collection for this year. This means we need to purchase an incredible amount of fabric.
So we are asking if you have any spare fabric or wish to contribute to us purchasing fabric please send us a PM. We are after cotton or polycotton fabric and it has to be new (unused).
With your help, we managed to donate to 90 establishments this year. Our grand total is beyond what we thought we could accomplish.
Despite going through a global pandemic we managed to collect and distribute more pyjamas than we did last year.
Last year we collected 12,202 pairs pyjamas. We are extremely proud of everyone that has been involved, everyone that has donated and helped us. We are already making plans for changes next year and how we move forward with our charity.
We would like to thank you all for helping us to create 15,636 smiles. Yes, we collected a humongous 15,636 pairs of pyjamas!! The pictures are from our drop-offs which for obvious reasons had to be different this year. We hope you like them!
We have completed our 11th year of appeals. The team are busy counting, packing and delivering your donations. After what has been an extremely difficult year we assumed donations would be a low amount. We chose not to post too much asking for donations as we did not want anyone to feel guilty for not being able to help us this year.
When I spoke to the establishments on our register I explained that things may be different but as always the team would do our best to get the donations in. We normally hand over what we call a ‘full collection’ to everyone on our register. This works out to be 4 pairs of pyjamas in each size (2 girls and 2 boys) it comes to just under 100 pairs of pyjamas...
One of our biggest thank you’s goes to St Mildred’s Parish Church.
St Mildreds is our collection point in Croydon. They have been responsible for taking in your donations that came in through the Croydon Wish list.
As well as being a collection point and having people pop in to leave donations for us. This year the charity as a whole will be donating to over 80 different establishments. The donations that came in through St Mildreds make up collections for over 30 of those establishments.
Without their help, we are not sure what we would do in South London. Before Covid, we collected and packed at this location. The staff are always super helpful and very accommodating of the 1000’s of parcels that come through their doors...
Before we share our final total with you, we have a couple big thank you’s we need to make.
Firstly: Santis Global who for the second year in a row have completed ALL our deliveries for us. We have over 50 Area Coordinators based up and down the Country. Santis has been responsible for delivering all the packages that included delivery bags, tags, ID cards and stationery to every coordinator. They also delivered bags of pyjamas to four of our hospitals where we had no coordinators or volunteers to deliver and then sent out extra packages for us to top up the coordinators because we did not anticipate the support we would receive from you all.
Can we add the major fact here, Santis Global have charged us for NONE of this...
We are a UK based charity (no.1185739), who collect donations of brand new pyjamas, from the public, which we then donate to Hospitals, Hospice’s, School Hospital Teams and Women’s refuges up and down the country. These are then given to poorly or less fortunate children who are inpatients.