2020 has been a strange year for everyone! You might have expected that prisoners would be used to the term Lockdown – but even for them 2020 has brought new meaning to the word. To help reduce the risk of Covid-29 transmission, prisoners have been confined to their cells for 23 hours a day.
The Broderers Charitable Trust has a long history of supporting Fine Cell Work (FCW). Earlier this year the Trust made a donation to FCW to allow them to make up extra kits and get them into prisons just as Lockdown started. With no visits from family or friends and no visits from volunteers FCW teachers, it was even more important than usual to support prisoners in their cells.
Since the start of Lockdown in March, 1141 kits have been completed – with the top five stitchers returning an amazing 280 kits between them!
In normal times, these kits would be made up into saleable products in the prison workshops – but again, these have been closed, since March. Instead FCW have relied on a team of volunteers at the Hub in Battersea, working on a two-week rota and all socially distanced to make the products.
Website activity has been up 60% year on year, with a huge increase in visitors from the USA. Despite this, sales are down 13%.
If you are looking for individual gifts for the festive season or decorations to make your tree even more special this year, you could take a look at the Fine Cell Work website. Sonny, Sid, Sami and Harri would love to go to a new home!