Gentleman Crafter goes on the road to raise funds for Mind Charity
John Bloodworth, also known as ‘Gentleman Crafter’, will be setting off on Monday 25th April on a one-man tour of all 92 historic UK counties, crafting with communities along the way in a bid to raise £20,000 in aid of Mind, a UK-based registered mental health charity.
Sponsored by Create and Craft TV, John will live and travel in a motorhome, visiting craft groups, organising workshops and sharing his crafting knowledge, all while promoting Mind.
John (42) has suffered periods of severe depression and anxiety disorder in his life and has found Mind to be a valuable resource in understanding his condition and finding ways to move forward in life.
He said: “A year ago I hit rock-bottom and suffered an extended period where my mental health difficulties began emerging as physical symptoms such as shaking, sweating and being short of breath.”
“Fortunately, I discovered the Mind website and was able to identify why this might be happening and different ways in which I could tackle these issues. I went to my doctor and, after a discussion about the options available, we agreed on a course of action. I was initially prescribed medication which would have the benefit of reducing my overall distress and thereby provide the space in which to seek further support from local talking therapy services. My recovery was then monitored by my GP who recommended adjustments as time progressed.”
Over a period of time, John reached a point where he could look back and understand what had happened to him… and now he wants to reach out and help others.
Oh my, it's a .... thing!
Particularly like the "look of very long fake black beard" modeled in the largest pic in the top section. That's a look that would work for anyone. How much is this delightful object?
Also handy for hiding those pesky dark roots when you can't afford the hairdresser!
Has Julie deserted IW to join The Foreign Legion ?
I wouldn't blame her.
Do they actually sell any of these ????
While your models are attractive ladies I am sick of seeing the same three (bunion woman, Shelagh and the other one) model every single damned item on air and on the website. Please get some new models.
p.s. preferably ones who keep quiet and don't say 'oh yes, it's lovely' and then turn and smile at the camera while holding an awkward pose.
p.p.s the fake beard picture...that Bin Laden isn't it? That's where he's been hiding.
I actually bought one of these horrible things, they were selling them in my local shopping mall a few years ago. I thought it would be great for wearing round my neck in the winter when I was cycling to work, I also thought that some of the hat styles looked funky! Well, it will come as no surprise, that when I tried they didn't! I looked totally ridiculous, and as for wearing it under your coat as a scarf, it literally strangled me, the polo neck was so tight I was actually "gagging" 'cause I couldn't breathe...it was like a ligature. I threw it away in the end! I'm suprised the bin didn't throw it back up!
I have to speak up for the Polopancho, I have several, given to me by my everloving, and I find them invaluable in the worst winter weather waiting at shivery busstops. Much more user-friendly than a scarf, I tend to use them as a snood in the main.
And they don't "strangle you?" Crikey, I only tried the one, so it might have been a dodgy one ( ahem!) but I tried stretching it but to no avail!
Originally Posted by mediastar
:blush Okay I'll own up to owning one as well - which I bought from IW many years ago.
I wear it in the scarf/polo neck style as an extra warm layer for footie matches or walking the dogs first thing in the morning (and the front and back bib are tucked under my coat!) - it's really lovely and soft as well.
Confession over ...... :tongue
I know that you believe that you understand what you, think I said, but I am not sure you realise that what you heard is not what I meant.
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