Reading based law firm Boyes Turner have turned their hand to festive crafts this Christmas to raise vital funds for victims of meningitis.The Abbey Street firm, with clients including multinationals and businesses across the UK, has supported Meningitis Now as Brighter Future partner since July.
Staff hosted two hugely popular wreath making workshops, where keen crafters wove together spruce, holly and other festive foliage fuelled by mince pies and Prosecco!
The first session led by Associate Solicitor, Julie Marsh on 1 December, was booked up so quickly that she decided to run another the following week.
“We had a lot of success holding a fundraising Toddle Waddle earlier in the year, and wanted to do something fun and festive.
“It was great to see groups of friends coming along and doing something creative together for a meaningful cause. Wreath making is deceptively simple to do, and everyone took home something beautiful for their front door. The evening really helped everyone get in the Christmas mood.”
Along with baubles, holly and cinnamon sticks, some of the wreaths were decorated with Meningitis Now remembrance ribbons, in support of the many families bereaved by the disease. The ribbons have also decorated Christmas trees, at the charity’s Christmas concerts at Gloucester Cathedral, Llandaff Cathedral, Cardiff and St Lawrence Jewry in London, as well as in the homes of hundreds of families across the UK.
Boyes Turner’s Julie gives her top tips for making a wreath:
1. Gather festive foliage from your garden and hedgerows; fir, spruce, holly and ivy are perfect. Any good florist or craft shop should have plenty of extra bits to adorn your wreath including moss, winter blooms, pine cones, cinnamon sticks and dried orange slices. You’ll also need a wire ring to hold your wreath together, wire cutters and gardening gloves and floristry wire to attach pieces of foliage.
2. The first step is to cover your ring in moss, and then build up the layers of foliage securing with wire.
3. You can then add final embellishments such as ribbons, pine cones or flowers, attach to your front door & enjoy!
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