Pass the parcel – a giveaway with a difference

I was really pleased to be approached by Ellie who works for The Children’s Air Ambulance charity and who wanted to know if I could give a plug for a new craft book produced by them. The Children’s Air Ambulance Service does an amazing job and I am really happy to support them. Here’s what they do:

The Children’s Air Ambulance is one of a kind. It’s the first and only dedicated helicopter emergency transfer service for seriously ill children and babies, flying them from one hospital to a more specialist unit, alongside their team of clinicians; a journey usually made by land.

Our helicopter transferred its first clinical team in December 2012, and performed its first patient transferon 11th May 2013. Keep up to date on our latest transfer news here.

Unbelievably, it’s estimated that approximately 5,800 children need transferring between hospitals every single year. Currently the majority of these transfers are performed by land, meaning sometimes long and arduous journeys for seriously ill youngsters.

The Children’s Air Ambulance is able to drastically cut the time it takes to carry out these types of transfers, which means sick children and babies can get lifesaving care as soon as possible – giving them the very best chances of survival and recovery.

Receiving no Government funding, we rely entirely on public donations and support in the local community to raise the £134,000 we need to run our vital service.

(source: Children’s Air Ambulance website)

The book is called New Wings for Old Things (nifty title!) and is contains masses of brilliant upcycling projects and ideas making use of all the treasures you find in your local charity shops.


I love this cake stand, I am thinking of creating something very similar to use to display my brooches at craft fairs (not for cake, of course!!!). And I love this idea for making a draught excluder out of an old ties (and there are always SO many old ties in charity shops:


A lot of the projects are child friendly – I am definitely going to be trying this teacup bird feeder idea with my two boys – it’s just the right time of the year for feeding birds too.


And this cool printed t-shirt idea is also very appealing..


The books costs a mere £5.99, and is available from the charity’s online shop, and also from their high street shops – you can find out more here.

The Giveaway

I have bought two copies – one for me, and one to give away here on the blog. But this is a giveaway with a bit of a difference. I can’t force you of course, but I would really like to ask the winner of this giveaway to keep their book, but also buy another copy and give it away, either to a friend or on their blog (and maybe keep the chain going – that would be so wonderful!). So, if you don’t want to do that, please don’t bother to sign up for the giveaway. But if you do want to support this brilliant cause just leave a comment on this blog post to say so. As an added incentive, I will squirrel some extras into your prize parcel (fabric, felt, buttons, thread) to help with your upcycling projects.

For obvious reasons, this giveaway is only open to UK residents.

You have until midnight on Friday 18th October to sign up for the giveaway. Please only leave a comment you really feel you could help support the charity further.

Thank you and good luck!

20 thoughts on “Pass the parcel – a giveaway with a difference

  1. I am in the U.S. but I just wanted to say what a lovely idea this is. It’s such a nice book and I’m sure any friend would be pleased to receive a copy. 🙂

  2. I love upcycling and am always looking for new ideas. Such a worthwhile cause, my niece was taken in the air ambulance and as a result I now make a monthly donation. Will definitely pass on a copy if I won!

  3. Oh wow, what an amazing idea! I’m deffo up for giving away a copy if I win. My have to buy one (or two) if I don’t anyway.
    Nice one.

  4. What a lovely giveaway. I would be happy to buy another book to giveaway on my blog if I were too win. Thank you also for the wonderful sewing inspiration you have on your blog which I have just recently come across. As a beginner sewer your tutorials look very easier to follow. The draw string bag will be my next project!
    Hugs Lynsey x

  5. How do we sign up? Does this comment count? Such a great cause and we love upcycling! We will definitely pass on the love if we win! xxx

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