“Big T” Charities

We raise money for charity every year.

All of our charity partners will be at the show and will be pleased to talk to you.

Bodie Hodges Foundation

The Bodie Hodges Foundation was formed in 2013 in memory of our son Bodie who died following a choking accident aged just 10 months old. Through our own experiences we realised that there was a lack of support for families bereaved of a child. We therefore decided that we wanted to create a charity that could offer support to families in the months and years following the death of their child.

The Bodie Hodges Foundation offers support to families that have been bereaved of a child and raises awareness of Organ Donation.

  • We do this by:
  • Providing  families that have been bereaved of a child with a one week stay at Bodie’s Boathouse; a purpose-built lodge at Tallington Lakes near Stamford.   Bodie’s Boathouse is luxurious, with stunning views of the Lakes.  There are games and creative resources, as well as grief books for people to use during their stay.  Our aim is to give families the time, environment and space to reflect, relax or explore.  Families can stay free of charge for a week, and a meal and a family activity are provided for each family who visits Bodie’s Boathouse.
  • Our With Love project gives every family who stays at Bodie’s Boathouse the opportunity to have a keepsake toy made from their child’s clothing.
  • Bodie’s Treasured Memory Bags are a free resource provided to support siblings living with the death of a brother or sister.  They are filled with grief resources which support families to understand feelings of grief but also to remember their brother or sister.  There are books, art sets and keepsake activities to support ages 3-12 and 13 and over. 
  • Our Organ Donation Schools Education Programme was launched in September 2018 in order to raise awareness of the facts about organ donation and enable pupils to make an informed decision and then start a conversation with their families about their wishes.  This has been delivered to K/S 4 & 5 pupils through a presentation in assembly’s and is accompanied by a short film that we have produced. 

The link below will take you to our Boathouse video:

Days for Girls

What if the answer to poverty lies in a cloth bag? It does, Days for Girls volunteers create washable, reusable sanitary hygiene kits, enabling schoolgirls to stay in school everyday of the month, instead of missing up to a week of school each time they menstruate. Over 60,000 volunteers on every continent have provided these kits to over one and a half million schoolgirls and women since being founded in 2008. Along with the provision of safe, hygienic means to manage their periods Days for Girls also provide education about multiple aspects of health and hygiene. When girls stay in school they are able to escape the poverty which they might otherwise by condemned to live in, girls who stay in school have few healthier children when they are ready for them. They ensure that their children stay in school and so have the luxury of choices in life, this is how the answer to poverty lies in a small cloth bag! You can be part of that answer, come and visit our stand in October. Look out for the orange aprons.

Email: uk@daysforgirls.org
Website: https://www.daysforgirls.org

Stitch Saine Luce

Stitch Sainte Luce is a women’s embroidery Cooperative in Madagascar, Africa.
All of Stitch’s products are hand-embroidered on locally-sourced cotton, using designs that reflect the traditional stories and unique environment of the region.

Email: rebecca.dallimore@seedmadagascar.org
Website: https://www.stitchsainteluce.org

Project Linus

Project Linus is a charity which provides brand new, handmade patchwork quilts for children in need of a hug! These can be children in hospitals, women’s refuges, hospices, looked after children or any young person going through a tough time. We have regular sewing afternoons in Leicestershire and welcome donations of quilts, quilt blocks, cotton fabrics and sewing notions. Visit our stand for a free quilt pattern.
email: lyndahill39@gmail.com