Ali Campbell – Crocheting against Cancer

One of the things we love most about the crochet community is how we come together for a good cause, when tragedy strikes or a charity needs help fundraising, crocheters always get their hooks out and pitch in however they can. We’ve heard of one such cause that we’d love for you to help out with.

Ali Campbell ( is a crochet designer and teacher who earlier this year was diagnosed with head and neck cancer. Ali has undergone various radiotherapy treatments and is hopefully over the worst (however there’s always the waiting for results with cancer), but still needs plastic surgery on her face and her teeth replacing.

One of the things that is often not thought about with Cancer and other illnesses can be the financial burden that it incurs, which Ali found herself as she suddenly had to stop work, teaching and designing to concentrate on getting better. When she needed help the most she turned to the Dorset Cancer Care Foundation.  The DCCF sent her a cheque to help towards petrol costs for the 2-hour round trip to Poole Hospital, 5 days a week for 6 weeks.  

Although this has obviously been a life changing illness and must have been a harrowing experience, Ali is determined to turn it into a positive and productive thing.

“As I can’t run a marathon or bake cakes, I thought I’d design the DCCF a Crochet Cancer Heart that they could sell to raise funds”. 

Ali has designed a blue heart with a red edge based on the DCCF logo, which can be made into a simple pin or brooch that the DCCF can sell to raise funds at coffee mornings or cake bakes etc. Ali is asking for as many people as possible to make the hearts and send them to her to pass on to the DCCF, she’ll even provide you with brooch pins if you need them. You can find the free pattern on her website, as well as all the info needed for getting involved with her project –

And if you want to make a donation to the DCCF, you can visit Ali’s Justgiving page here.

Ali has taught so many people to crochet over the years as well as being an active part of the online crochet community, we’d love it if as many people as possible could support her through her recovery and get involved with raising funds for this worthy cause.