Published on December 19th, 2016 | by Eric


The Breast Cancer Haven Big Tea Cosy

Who doesn’t love the idea of a knitting tea party with great snacks and cakes? Holding it at an amazing charity for breast cancer patients makes the party all that more meaningful.

The Big Tea Cosy

Here at LoveKnitting we like nothing more than getting together for a cup of tea and a chance to work on our latest creations. That is why we have teamed up with Breast Cancer Haven to support their UK fundraising campaign, The Big Tea Cosy. Over 60,000 people a year in the UK are diagnosed with breast cancer – that’s 1 in 8 of us. It’s a very frightening time and the treatment, including surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and medication can be gruelling.

Breast Cancer Haven help people cope with the debilitating effects of treatment and the emotional toll of living with the breast cancer. At their five centres across the UK, healthcare professionals and therapists run programmes of support, including counselling, supportive therapies to help combat stress, exhaustion and nausea as well as practical advice on things like healthy eating, exercise, personal finance and work.

Breast Cancer Haven’s support is free of charge so that they can help anyone who needs them. But they can’t do it without support – they need to raise £1,000 for every person they help!

Big Tea Cosy

The Haven is so aptly named, as it is a retreat and refuge from the hectic stress that accompanies a breast cancer diagnosis and the resulting treatment. We decided to make a visit and hold a little knitting workshop recently to launch our collaboration. We were greeted by the wonderful people at the Haven and an amazing spread of cakes, tea, and lovely yarn supplied by Paintbox Yarns. Our own Therese was grateful enough to whip up a pattern for the evening, which was ideal for beginners, but fun for those that knew how to knit as well.


Her first knit

The evening was in preparation for The Big Tea Cosy, an annual fundraiser for The Haven which has raised over £75,000 so far. The dates this year are February 1st-7th, and we’re asking you to get involved to by hosting your own Cosy event! Find out how you can host your own and raise money by clicking here.

Frances Quinn

This year, Frances Quinn, winner of 2013’s The Great British Bake Off is helping to promote The Big Tea Cosy, and will be in attendance at the London event. She has said this about serving as a sponsor for The Haven:

“I am proud to support Breast Cancer Haven’s Big Tea Cosy 2017. Everyone single person affected by breast cancer has their own unique obstacles, concerns and fears that they have to deal with throughout their diagnosis and treatment. Breast Cancer Haven really listens to each person they help and builds them a personalised programme of support. I hope that you will join me in supporting this incredible cause. So, bake a cake, put the kettle on, gather your friends and family or pick up your knitting needles and lets raise lots of money to help make a difference to the lives of people affected by breast cancer.”

Download exclusive Patterns – 100% sales go to Haven!

Tea cosies

Six talented knitters have made some beautiful tea cosy patterns for you to download. All proceeds from the pattern sales will be donated directly to The Haven, so why not buy all six? Starting with the cupcake and going clockwise, we have the Cupcake Tea Cosy by Amanda Berry, the De Fleurs Tea Cosy by Feminine Touch Designs, the Cob Nut Tea Cosy by Sian Brown, the Daisies Tea Cosy by Buzybee, and the Rainbow Ruched Tea Cosy by Monica Russel. Plus a festive edition from Julie Richards.

Charity tea cosy

Here are a few more photos of the event, If you live in or near London, we hope to see you at the event at the Fulham Haven on 1st February.

Big tea cosy

Knitters getting stuck in

Her first knit

Delicious chocolate cake

Big Tea Cosy

Paintbox Yarns

About the Author

is a photographer, copywriter, rock climber, skier, traveler, and aspiring knitter. His work has been been published in many international newspapers, magazines, websites, books and even a billboard in Brooklyn. Crochet is the best.

Last updated: August 1st, 2017.

7 Responses to The Breast Cancer Haven Big Tea Cosy

  1. Mike Poole says:

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  2. Caralyn Lucyszyn says:

    What a great idea! I am very much a beginner at knitting and the idea of getting together with fellow yarn artists is a brilliant way of raising money for such a deserving charity and having help available for the tricky bits.
    ….. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014, had a lumpectomy, radiotherapy and hormone treatment, so far so good!

  3. pauline says:

    i am interested in knitting for the haven teacosy but can I do it from home and send them in if so can you give me the nearest centre to me I live in Portsmouth. thank you Pauline

  4. Sharon Blackwell says:

    Hello. I have some tea cosies which have been made and I would like to donate them. Can you let me know where I need to send them please?

  5. Sharon Blackwell says:

    Hello. I have some tea cosies which have been knitted. Where do I send them please?

    Many thanks

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