Seasalt and Hospital Rooms - a natural fit

As work at Bluebell Lodge gets underway we'd like to tell you about the creative partnership that has helped make this project possible.

Cornish fashion brand Seasalt has dedicated support to charities and community projects over many years and we are thrilled that they have now chosen to partner with Hospital Rooms, raising money for our latest project at Bluebell Lodge. Committed to nurturing creativity and wellbeing, and striving to achieve beauty, usefulness and simplicity in everything they produce, Seasalt identified a strong affiliation with Hospital Rooms, where the same values and ethos is absolutely fundamental to the work we do. 

At Seasalt we believe the wellbeing of our people is very important and we feel very lucky to be inspired every day by Cornwall’s beautiful landscape and rich creative heritage.
— Deap Khambay, head of CSR at Seasalt Cornwall
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Seasalt's talented creative team includes fine artists, illustrators, creative writers and print designers and the company counts supporting diversity in the creative sector as one of its foremost responsibilities. Particularly keen to help sustain local traditions, skills and craftsmen, Seasalt sponsors the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival, funds bursaries for apprentices and promotes Cornish 'makers, creators and pioneers'. Seasalt not only leads the way when it comes to community involvement, but has been recognised for its pioneering approach to running a sustainable business. It was the first fashion company to win a prestigious Queen's Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development, recognising its huge contribution to the UK's organic cotton industry and dedication to reducing the impact of manufacture on the environment. 

At Hospital Rooms we are proud to have the support of a company which demonstrates genuine and passionate dedication to its community, charitable and environmental responsibilities.

Seasalt has recently launched a new fundraising initiative: from every pair of single socks sold, 20p will be donated to a variety of charities throughout the year, starting with Hospital Rooms.

The first charity we’ve chosen to support, as part of this project, is Hospital Rooms. They are doing critical work to support the recovery of some of the most vulnerable groups of people in society and working with them seemed like a natural fit for us. We’re proud to be supporting such a worthy cause.
— Deap Khambay, Head of CSR at Seasalt Cornwall
 Made from soft and breathable natural fabrics such as bamboo or cotton, Seasalt socks are fun, colourful and comfy. Available in all kinds of patterns, from stripes to nautical designs or florals inspired by Cornish hedgerows and meadows, there is something for everyone. Hospital Rooms will receive 20p from every pair sold, helping us to deliver more projects at mental health units across the country. 

Made from soft and breathable natural fabrics such as bamboo or cotton, Seasalt socks are fun, colourful and comfy. Available in all kinds of patterns, from stripes to nautical designs or florals inspired by Cornish hedgerows and meadows, there is something for everyone. Hospital Rooms will receive 20p from every pair sold, helping us to deliver more projects at mental health units across the country. 

This support from Seasalt has come at such a pivotal time for us and we are so excited to grow with their support. Together, we will ensure that it is not so extraordinary to have extraordinary art in locked mental health units.
— Niamh White, co-founder of Hospital Rooms (also born and raised in Cornwall!)

Along with Arts Council England, Seasalt is helping to fund our project at Bluebell Lodge, by supporting the participation of Cornish artist Anna Barriball, who we have commissioned for this project. 

 Anna Barriball, Daylight (still), 2013, video loop (Image courtesy of Frith Street Gallery)

Anna Barriball, Daylight (still), 2013, video loop (Image courtesy of Frith Street Gallery)

So far Anna has made her first visit to Bluebell Lodge to meet service users and staff and learn more about how spaces at the residence are used. On her next visit Anna will lead a workshop at Bluebell Lodge, giving her and the residents the chance to be inspired by one another's creativity. 

We can't wait to see the work that emerges from this workshop and the artwork which Anna will create for Bluebell Lodge - we look forward to sharing it with you!