Crochet on the Beach at The Big Crochet 2021

Crochet for a cause. Supporting Maria Gormley’s remembrance display and her fundraising activity for Sands. ❤️


The Big Crochet Event for a Cause

We are back for our second year! The Big Crochet 2021 is taking place at The Red Beach Hut at Walton On-the-Naze to fundraise for Sands during Baby Loss Awareness Week, 9th to 14th October 2021

Yes, we will crochet at the beach. An experience for your memory book. ❤️

It is an opportunity for bereaved parents, families and friends, to commemorate babies’ lives and to raise awareness about pregnancy and baby loss to drive for the improvements that are needed for parents and families now and in the future.

If you can’t crochet, yes you can knit!

We want to see how many teddies we can make and add to a fantastic remembrance display in Clacton run by Maria Gormley.

Join US on the beach

Crochet at the Beach

We will open up bookings in 2021. When it opens, we will have spaces available each day to crochet on the beach. All you need to do is book your space.

  1. Book a space on the beach using the register buttons on the right.
  2. Click going on the Facebook event page to connect with others.
  3. Donate a minimum of £5 to Maria’s Fundraising Page.
  4. Bring your crochet hook and a chair to the beach on your chosen day.
  5. Meet at Hut D8 and scan our NHS QR code to comply with new Track and Trace requirements.
  6. Tell everyone what you are doing and share photos on social media using the event hashtags #BigCrochet #RedBeachHut

Booking your space ensures we are able to run a COVID-19 Secure event. The exact times for each day will be confirmed the week before the event as they are dependent on the tide times as we are sitting on the beach.

Join US FROM home

Crochet at Home

Join in from wherever you are and crochet or knit from home. Just tell us you want to join in.

  1. Register your interest on our Facebook event.
  2. Donate a minimum of £5 to Maria’s Fundraising Page.
  3. Post pictures or video of your bears on the Event page on Facebook.
  4. Tell everyone what you are doing and share photos on social media using the event hashtags #BigCrochet #RedBeachHut.
  5. Drop your finished bears off at Nanna’s Yarn Barn in Colchester.


The Pattern & Help Video

We are making small crocheted teddies that are simple and easy to crochet or knit. Many people getting involved are just learning. You can find two sets of instruction on this page.

The video instructions are easy to follow and broken down into separate parts. Watch the Videos.

There are also written crochet instructions and knitting instructions that can be downloaded using the buttons on the right.

If you need any help with the pattern you can reach out to others on the Event page on Facebook. Join in on the discussion on the event page. I’m sure we will have some experienced crocheters willing to offer advice!


About Nanna’s Yarn Barn

If you are joining in at the beach there is no need to purchase your own yarn. Nanna’s Yarn Barn has kindly donated the yarn that which we will bring to the beach.

Once you have finished a Teddy, everyone (whether you made them at the beach or at home) will be able to drop off your crocheted teddies to Fiona at Nanna’s Yarn Barn for them to be sent to join Maria’s display.

Nanna’s Yarn Barn, 5 Red lion yard High street CO1 1DX Colchester, UK

Maria’s Baby Loss Awareness Remembrance Ribbon Display

About Maria and Her Display

This year is the second year running that Maria Gormley is running her remembrance display and she is going bigger than before. Her display is raising money for Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, who provide support services and work to reduce the number of baby deaths.

When Maria reached out to us and asked for a simple donation, we knew that we wanted to do more than just offer money. The Big Crochet event was created to raise awareness and gain more donations for her cause. The bears that you crochet will be added to the display, along the Memorial Garden Railings on the Clacton on Sea Seafront.

When you stay at The Red Beach Hut experience the seaside like never before. Make memories.