Like many charitable organisations, the impact of Covid19 on our local charities fundraising efforts has been very significant. Throughout my career as a milliner, I have worked closely with our local “at home” HospiceCare North Northumberland charity. Based in Alnwick, HospiceCare suffered a marked downturn in income due to the impact pandemic and the prohibition of all social activities of course, which had a huge impact on their fundraising opportunities.
So, when one of the local organisers, Emma Arthur, contacted me in January to ask if I would get involved with a fund-raising silent auction that they were planning I was only too delighted to help. Of course, it is still very chilly in February and March, here in Northumberland so one of my range of warm wool berets trimmed with a handmade Lochcarron of Scotland tartan flower seemed an ideal item to donate to the auction.

I was delighted too when my accessories range was mentioned in the online catalogue that the Hospice produced, for the silent auction.

Emma Arther for HospiceCare Northumberland wrote for the online brochure

“For the auction Margaret has selected one of her classic wool felt berets with a beautiful handmade tartan flower in Hospice colours. The ebony black wool felt beret is finished with a Lochcarron of Scotland tartan handmade flower and matching petersham bow”

Margaret added – “I think a beret is just right for those Northumberland wintery frosty mornings, and if you are anything like me and just love a beret, smart but not formal yet cosy, I hope you’ll like my take on the traditional beret too, with its quirky accessories. There are seven other berets each with different matching tartan flower options, all available from my online store”.

Wishing the Hospice, the very best of luck for the fund-raising auction and for the upcoming year too.