Whiffle Pig C.I.C is a community interest non-profit company. It originated in Derbyshire, founded by Rachel Pratt and Annie Fielder in October 2012 as little arts and crafts stall, which they used to sell small projects. They worked together as a way to get over the bereavement when they both lost a parent. They would make little bespoke creations and then sell them on a rather bizarre stall; then donate the profit to charities they held dear.
As time went on they realised the comfort they received from the making process would be beneficial to other experiences any kind of loss. As Annie had worked in the art therapy sector voluntarily for over a decade at that point she wanted to support people creatively but using a different style – the key being to listen – with that the Whiffle Pig Method was born. Our motto “You can never under estimate the power of kindness, manners and laughter” is the core of all of our projects which now run over many hospital wards and within the community.
Rachel and Annie are fortunate enough to still have that comfort in one another when their lives take a more complicated turn but one awesome difference is that their minds are blown on a daily basis that their company is helping so many other people, on a scale they could not even contemplate when they were sat in their first yellow broom cupboard office. To think this was started because of such great sadness and has brought so much happiness to so many other people is just incredible.