Scottish designers raise over £6000 for local food bank in response to the coronavirus

Scottish designers raise over £6000 for local food bank in response to the coronavirus

Laura Spring Naomi Tea Towel

Makers raffle featuring everything from Scottish designer jewellery, ceramics and more to help raise vital funds

As the pandemic continues to affect all sectors of society, the creative community is increasingly coming together in new and innovative ways to help those struggling and in need of support. Just last weekend, a JustGiving campaign was launched by 18 Scottish designers and makers, who donated various prizes to a Makers Food Bank Raffle, raising over £3000 in 24 hours.

This idea to raise money via a raffle first came into fruition following the general election in December, after which the organisers felt that their community was in need of a boost. As a result, they set up a raffle and succeeded in raising £1500 for Glasgow South East Foodbank. Recently, however, seeing that COVID-19 was causing a widespread feeling of hopelessness and also that charitable donations were down 40% since the pandemic started, Freya Alder, Isabella Bunnell and Ruth Mitchell decided it was time to repeat the format and seized the opportunity. Having launched the raffle on Sun 22 Mar and already exceeded over £6000 in donations, the organisers are adding a further 10+ prizes from makers throughout Scotland, pushing their target from £400 to £5000.

Jewellery designer Freya Adler said: 'We think in these uncertain times people are feeling pretty helpless, and everyone is looking for a small way to act positively. We have had people from other cities around the country saying they plan to host similar Makers Raffles, and we wholeheartedly encourage this! This is the best outcome we could have imagined!"

Entry to the raffle costs just £2 and most of the designers involved have had their businesses affected financially by the pandemic. Prizes include Gold Plated Bell Jar Earrings by Edinburgh based Ruth Leslie, Naomi Tea Towel set by Laura Spring and Holly wood vessel by Object Company (both Glasgow based). The prize draw will take place on Sun 19 Apr and each prize will have a different winner, with all profits going to Glasgow South East Foodbank.

Find out more and enter the raffle now at justgiving.com/fundraising/makers-raffle

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