Donate to our Appeal - One Stitch at a Time
Please help us expand our urgently-needed rehabilitation programmes in prison.
To donate, enter the amount you want to donate in the quantity box, leaving out punctuation ( i.e. no £ sign or commas.)
Then click "add to cart" and check out. (see below for any questions.)
Your donation will contribute to our emergency appeal. We are aiming to raise £50,000 by 1st January 2024 so we can support prisoners as they work to rebuild their lives 'one stitch at a time'.'
How will your donation help?
- £10,000 pays for the support of FCW staff delivering training in a prison workshop
- £5,000 covers the cost of a stitching class in prison for a year
- £1,000 supports training and security clearance for a group of 5 volunteers to teach in prison
- £500 pays for the training, materials and support for one prisoner for an entire year
- £250 covers the volunteer costs of a stitching class in prison for a month
- £100 provides a prisoner with the materials for 10 stitching kits (1,000 hours of creative activity)
- £50 sponsors a prisoner to train as a volunteer 'class coordinator' teaching and mentoring other prisoners
Or choose your own amount. Every donation matters!
To Gift Aid your donation, please fill this form.
Experiencing any difficulties?
- Why should I enter a quantity, not the amount I’d like to donate? To make sure 100% of your donation goes directly to Fine Cell Work, we are using the existing product functionality of our website. This means the Appeal effectively had to become a ‘product’.
- I’d like to donate £1,000, what quantity should I enter? Enter 1000 (without punctuation) and you will donate £1000.
- Why is there £1 under the title? Again this is related to the existing product functionality - £1 is the price of one quantity of "the product"
- I’m keen to donate, but are still experiencing difficulties, can you help? Contact us at email@example.com and we will help.
Thank you for your invaluable support.
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We also offer international delivery.
We hope you'll be delighted by your new Fine Cell Work items, but just in case you're not, there are several circumstances in which we will refund your purchase, subject to the item being returned within 30 days of receipt.
Our production process
Each of our products goes on a long and impactful journey before it is ready to be sold. And every one of our items touches the life of at least one prisoner or prison leaver in some way.
Our needlework kits are put together in our prison workshops before being distributed from our London hub to our wonderful volunteers. These inspirational supporters teach people in prison the necessary skills to craft each piece. The completed stitchwork is then returned to us, to ensure it meets our exacting standards, before finally being sent back into a prison to be 'made up', turning it into the final product (e.g. stuffing and adding zips to cushions).
In total, this process can take up to 200 hours and over 70,000 stitches (per piece!)
We know that every single one of our products boosts self-esteem, builds confidence, has a positive impact on a stitcher’s mental health, and gives them the opportunity to transform their lives.
By purchasing a product, you become a part of that journey.
Over 25 years of transformation
Rehabilitating over 8,000 prisoners
Supported by esteemed designers to create one-of-a-kind, limited edition products
Breaking the cycle
We help break the devastating cycle of reoffending and repeated imprisonment
Support our work
Provides a prisoner with the materials for one tapestry cushion (100 hours of creative activity).
Will enable us to continue providing paid, creative and productive work to even more prisoners around the UK, helping them to build a brighter future.
Sponsors a prisoner to train as a volunteer 'class coordinator', teaching and mentoring other prisoners.
Covers the volunteer costs of a stitching class in prison.
Pays for the training, materials and support for one prisoner for an entire year, helping them to rebuild a meaningful, independent,crime-free life.
By giving prisoners hope that transformation is truly possible, they can envision a meaningful life after release. But nobody tells the story of how Fine Cell Work has helped them better than the prisoners themselves:“Stitching allows me to use a totally different part of my brain and personality. I can move away from the more difficult reflections and anxieties and feel creative and purposeful. This means I no longer feel that my life has come to a halt and that I am of no use to anyone else.”
- Tom, FCW Stitcher -