Last week, I received an e-mail from a lovely lady called Vicki, who is friends with the equally lovely Becksie of A year without supermarkets fame, who told me all about Ellie’s fund.
Ellie’s Fund Brain Tumour Trust was set up after the death of 14 year old Ellie Othick-Bowmaker, and provides assistance to families living in Yorkshire or Humerberside who have a child going through treatment for a brain tumour, and they also suppoer families in Scarborough who have a child with any form of cancer.
Now, you may be wondering what all this has to do with My Make Do and Mend Year, and the answer is in the guise of Waste Watchers!
Ellie’s Fund are collecting empty baby wipe packets that they recycle to earn money for the charity. The packets can be any brand but not toilet/face/anti-bacterial wipes, and the charity get paid 2 pence for every packet donated. The packets are then recycled into other items such as plsatic bibs, dustbins,and watering cans!
Now, this is slightly at odds with my own intentions for Waste Watchers, and I had to confess to Vicki that I was planning on going ‘cold turkey’ with baby wipes and making some of my own re-usable ones.
BUT we still have packets lurking around the house at the moment that we are using up, so we will definitely be collecting these up and sending them off.
AND I have approached BigSmall’s pre-school to ask if I can put up a poster there and see if we can get the parents to bring in their empty packets, so we could end up with a sizeable amount.
This is a great project, it not only raises money for a very worthy cause, but reduces landfill, and eases the conscience a little too!
If you want to get involved, all the information you need is on this page here. You need to scroll right the way down the page to find the links to downloadable posters and more resources.