Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Wrong pong? Wrong size? Wrong colour? Recycle unwanted Christmas presents with Mencap!

Did Father Christmas bring you everything you wanted this year? Many of us are left with the usual unwanted soap sets, spare or unsuitable home gadgets and ill fitting clothes.

This year learning disability charity Mencap has come up with the perfect solution for those unwanted gifts. As part of their Make With Me initiative Mencap is calling on people to sell their unwanted items to raise vital funds for people with a learning disability.

Make With Me in aid of Mencap is a fun filled, homemade initiative that encourages people to get creative and start making & baking to raise much needed funds to support people with a learning disability, their families and carers.

This Christmas Make With Me is inviting people to organise fun gift swapping parties, where unwanted presents can be swapped in exchange for a donation to Mencap. Meaning not only can you end up with a present you like you’ll also be raising money for a great cause.

If however you’re one of the lucky ones and got everything you wanted this Christmas then why not embrace the spirit of make, do and mend and commit to learning a new skill as your New Year’s resolution. Start knitting, cross stitching or take up sugar or paper craft. All makers, beginners and veterans alike, swear by the sense of achievement that comes from making your own unique gifts for a loved one and items for the home or to wear. You can also get social and have fun by organising a Make With Me party.

Whatever you do, help Mencap raise their £25,000 target.

For full information on how to recycle your presents, recipes and tips and how to make a donation visit

To stay up to date with all the Make With Me news, stop by and say hello on Twitter (@makewithme) and Facebook ( Got a crafty idea? Anyone can donate ideas to Make With Me via the website’s your projects section, just head to

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