“it was so fantastic to see the positive impact of your projects”
In late 2021, Gemma Smith, who runs the online homewares shop Smith + Wares, hosted a raffle to raise money for Create. Gemma raffled off beautiful items from her shop on the website Raffall, raising almost £350 to support our projects.
So why did she do it, and what did she learn?
“I was so inspired by the work you do. I ran an online raffle and the prizes were all donated by the wonderful makers I work with.”Gemma Smith, Smith + Wares
“I’ve always had a passion for colour and beautiful design, and after 15 years working in the design industry I took the leap to set up my own homewares store. I curate the best in designer-maker homewares and every piece I sell is handmade by an independent maker or artist.
“My mother is an artist and I studied textile design at university, so being creative has always been a huge part of my life. Creativity and art are so important for helping us to express our emotions and feelings, especially if we find it hard to express in other ways. I also believe that in this age of mass production and disposable design, the art of craftsmanship and creativity is vital. It’s so important to support creative people and the industry.
“I spent some time researching creative charities and came across Create. I was so inspired by the work you do and it was so fantastic to see the positive impact of your projects. I ran an online raffle and the prizes were all donated by the wonderful makers I work with. I was absolutely thrilled with how it went. The support from my makers and Create was brilliant.
“If you’re thinking of running a fundraiser, reach out to everyone you know. People are always so willing and supportive on fund raising. I’d love to raise money for Create again. A huge thank you for all your support and help running my raffle!”