“We figured people were under financial strain, so we didn’t set our sights too high,” laughs Isabella Bunnell of the origins of a series of makers’ raffles that have taken lockdown Britain by storm.
With the aim of raising £400 for the Trussell Trust and their local foodbank in Glasgow, Isabella and two of her friends had come up with the idea of hosting a raffle of creative goods.
A graphic designer herself, the initial idea was that Isabella would donate some hand-painted linen as a prize while her friends, designer Ruth Mitchell, the co-founder of Solas Sleepwear, and jewellery maker Freya Alder, would themselves donate goods to the prize pot.
With that as their base, they set about contacting fellow creatives in their city, before taking to Instagram to hawk tickets. “We even lowered the price of a ticket to £2 to make it as accessible as possible,” Bunnell admits, “so we were absolutely blown away by people’s generosity. Not just the level of ticket sales but also with the number of makers getting involved. It was amazing to see.”
In total, the trio raised £16,298. But that was only the start of the movement.
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