A life sentence for Valentine’s Day

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    New this year for Valentine’s Day, the prison charity and social enterprise Fine Cell Work is presenting another of its beautiful cushions with a message for lovers everywhere.It is a heart-felt reminder that “the best thing to hold onto in life is each other”, as famously stated by Audrey Hepburn.

    The soft wool cushions are machine embroidered, hand finished and are available in blue, red or pink. Order yours via www.finecellwork.co.uk/thebesthing.

    Size: (inches) 14×10 or (cms) 36×25
    Weight: (grams) Approx. 550
    Detail: Machine embroidery on wool with hand finishing
    Designer: Miranda Bolter

    About Fine Cell Work
    Fine Cell Work is a social enterprise that trains prisoners in paid, skilled, creative needlework – undertaken in the long hours spent in their cells – to foster hope, discipline and self esteem. Stitchers spend an average of 20 hours per week doing embroidery in their cells: the highest earners stitch for as long as 40 hours. It’s a way of life that enables them to serve their time with dignity and purpose and the earnings give them hope, skills and independence. This helps them to connect to society and to leave prison with the confidence and financial means to stop offending. Fine Cell Work is done in 29 prisons with 300 prisoners and 97% of the stitchers are men. All of the classes have waiting lists. Fine Cell Work is a charitable initiative which is funded 40% by sales and 60% by donations and trusts. Prisoners earn 37% of the proceeds from the sale of their work and the remainder is reinvested in training workshops, materials and Fine Cell Work’s development.

    The prisoners’ products have been sold to internationally and to top interior designers such as William Yeoward and Nina Campbell. Works have been commissioned by leading heritage organisations such as the Victoria & Albert Museum, the National Trust and English Heritage.

    Daniel Fountain / 17.01.2014

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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