18th June 2013
French yarn producer, Bergère de France has announced an exciting partnership with UK charity Sparks, who fund research into life-saving medical research for babies, children and mums-to-be. The ‘Little Purls’ campaign will run for 6 months and support Sparks by engaging with knitters in a variety of ways.
To kick off the campaign, Bergère de France is launching a delightful Little Purls e-booklet featuring specially created patterns from Katya Frankel, Kyoko Nakayoshi, Kirstie MacLeod and Amanda Jones which you can see above, and four Bergere de France baby patterns.
Available here, the patterns exclusively use Bergère de France’s yarn Caline. Sofia Rivière, the brand’s Marketing Director said: “Our yarns are very popular for children’s wear and Caline has such a fantastic colour palette. In France we have a long standing relationship with a premature baby charity and we wanted to forge the same links in the UK. Sparks is a tremendous charity and we are proud to work with them.” Bergère de France is suggesting knitters make a donation when they download the e-booklet to help fund this amazing charity.
Helen Farquharson, Sparks’ Regional Fundraiser in the South East said: “We are thrilled that Bergère de France is supporting Sparks. Every parent wants their baby to arrive in the world healthy, yet sadly it doesn’t always happen that way. The money and awareness raised from the ‘Little Purls’ campaign will mean we can fund more life-saving research to help more babies be born healthy and stay healthy and help prevent the illness no parent expects.”
Sofia Rivière added: “We know how generous knitters are so we hope they will find it in their hearts to support this amazing charity and the vital research they fund.”
For more information contact Nicky Hale at Bluebear on 01707 320274, or Helen Farquharson at Sparks on 07535 975 568.
About Bergère de France
Bergère de France was founded by Robert Petit in 1946. Today the company is still family owned and is now run by his son, Jean-Louis, and his grandson Geoffroy. For over half a century, Bergère de France has developed a perfect balance of time-honoured tradition and the latest technical innovations. Based in Bar-le-Duc, in the heart of the Lorraine region, it covers an area of 14 acres and employs around 400 people. It is the last industrial woollen mill in France to produce hand-knitting yarns, one of the largest and most advanced mills of this kind in Europe, and the French leader for sales. Keeping all the production under one roof allows the company to ensure the best quality by controlling the whole process from research and development to the finished product.
For more information visit www.bergeredefrance.co.uk
As a leading children’s medical research charity we are dedicated to funding and promoting pioneering research into a wide range of conditions and disabilities affecting babies, children and mums-to-be.
Sparks has now funded over 230 research projects in more than 80 hospitals and universities across the UK. We have committed over £23 million into pioneering research projects across a wide spectrum of medical conditions relating to problems in pregnancy, premature birth, the natal period and the early years of life. The charity also supports research into rare childhood diseases.
Through our research, we aim to improve the quality of life for children and families affected by serious illness or disability today, whilst seeking ways to better diagnose, treat and prevent these conditions in the future.
Our working is making a difference for thousands of children and their families, not only in the UK but globally too.
For more information visit http://www.sparks.org.uk