Posted on Monday, October 15 2012 at 8am
Knitwear designer Louisa Harding has released designs for the next three hats in her Himalayan Hiking Hats series, and they're gorgeous!
In case you need reminding, Louise Harding has been designing a series of Himalayan Hiking Hat Patterns that you can download in exchange for a donation to Macmillan Cancer Support.
As if that's not enough, Louisa will then be taking an amazing 11-day trip to Nepal in November, for which she is seeking sponsorship.
Louisa’s adventure will include a seven-day rough trek, during which she will sleep in tents, endure long drop toilets, and have no washing facilities other than rivers, while undergoing between 4 and 9 hours daily trekking, all while sporting and being photographed in her Himalayan Hiking hats, and even knitting one on the way.
She says: “My goal (for a very average wife, mum, daughter, knitwear designer, dog walker) is to complete the challenge and raise £3,900 for Macmillan Cancer Support. My total raised will show as £5,000 which includes the cost of my trip which I am self-funding, so 100% of donations made go directly to Macmillan Cancer Support.”
Why a Macmillan Cancer Support fundraising challenge?
In January 2011 Stephen, Louisa’s husband (“and rock!”) was diagnosed with Lymphoma. “He started aggressive chemotherapy in February and was very poorly, he was cared for fantastically and I was supported by Macmillan Cancer Support,” she says. “Until last year ‘Cancer’ was a word I’d heard but was something I was totally naïve about. Cancer is all consuming, for those diagnosed with it and those supporting them.”
She adds: “The Macmillan website was my lifeline. We were able to find out about Stephen's diagnosis, treatment, side effects, both physical and emotional, how and what to tell the children and what to expect during his treatment and afterwards."
You can join Louisa on her challenge by downloading and knitting any of the hats in the series – “they’re great as gifts and stash busting!" Six patterns are available now; you can make a donation and download a pdf copy of the hat patterns.
"This is an honesty box," says Louisa, "so you don’t have to make a donation, but please do…”