For those who don’t know me yet, I’m Kerrie, the sewing-obsessed co-owner of Living In Loveliness Limited. I’m also Mum of Chase (I won’t use my usually embarrassing nickname on here), who is football-obsessed and plays for Wyrley Lions, one of the clubs that play for wryley Juniors Football Club. Crafting has always been my passion, and my way of connecting with the world around me. Today, I’m thrilled to share with you a bit about my journey and how crafting is making a real difference in our community.

It was through my love for crafting that I crossed paths with Keith Hardy many years ago, a man with a heart as big as his dreams. Keith’s vision to raise awareness about knife crime struck a chord with me, and I knew I had to lend my skills to his cause. Together, we embarked on a mission to create respect armbands, symbols of unity and solidarity against violence. The Knife Crime Kick it Out logo was designer by Keith’s talented son, who is a graphic designer by profession

Gathering a team of dedicated volunteers,  from top left to bottom right Anne Keough, Susan Davis, Ann Thompson, Debbie Joan, (middle picture- us all sewing the arm bands), Michelle Rogers (my Mum) Me – Kerrie Padmore, Susan Flethcher and last but not least Dawn Wall.

On the evening of Saturday, April 13th, we came together for an enjoyable three-hour session filled with sewing, laughter, and joy. Ann Thompson meticulously compiled lists of team members, while Debbie Joan expertly cut each armband to size. Together, we collectively sewed 825 armbands, ensuring that every team member would be equipped with this symbol of unity and support. Each stitch a testament to our shared commitment to making a difference. The energy in the room was wonderful fueled by the belief that every armband could spark a conversation, change a mind, or even save a life. It was a true team effort, and by 9pm, we had completed our mission, just in time for my eldest son, Alexander, to deliver fish and chips.

However, our efforts didn’t cease there. At 9:30 pm, Adam Babb, club manger arrived to collect the armbands, prepared to add the logo alongside his Lovely daughter Lily the next day. On Sunday, they dedicated their time to embellishing the armbands with logos generously provided by Yazzoo Personalised Clothing. These adorned armbands were then distributed to voluntary football managers, who will proudly wear them during the matches on Saturday, April 27th (today), and Sunday, April 28th.

Our next fundraising events for Wyrley Football Club

But our journey didn’t end there. Inspired by Keith’s passion and determination, I knew we could do more. Back in the days when our craft center was bustling with activity, we regularly hosted monthly craft fairs. Although it’s been a while since those events, the memory of them sparked an idea. Why not revive the tradition for a great cause? Thus, the concept of a craft fair emerged—a wonderful opportunity for our community to reunite, celebrate local artisans, and contribute to the crucial fundraising efforts for resources like bleed kits.

All proceeds from table rentals, cakes, tea, and tombola would be donated to Wyrley Football Club.

Want to get involved?

We’d love to have you join us in making a difference. Whether you’re a seasoned crafter eager to showcase your talents or someone simply looking to lend a helping hand, there are plenty of ways to get involved.

If you’re a crafter:

  • Consider booking a table at our upcoming craft fair to showcase your handmade creations. We offer two table options: small for £10 and large for £15. To reserve a table, simply email me at with pictures and details of your products.
  • Spread the word among your crafting circles and encourage others to participate.
  • Share the event details on your social media platforms to help us reach a wider audience.

If you’re not a crafter but still want to contribute:

  • Volunteer your time to help with event setup, organisation, or on the day of the craft fair.
  • Make a donation to support our fundraising efforts here, donations go straight to Wyrley Football Club.
  • Share information about the event with your friends, family, and community members.

No matter how you choose to get involved, your support is invaluable to us. Together, we can make a meaningful impact and create positive change in our community. If you’re interested in participating or learning more, please reach out to us at We can’t wait to have you on board!

Kindest wishes,
Kerrie and Keith