Knutty knitters hand over knitted cheque

Published on: 14 Feb 2013

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Knutty Knitters raise nearly £8,000 in memory of Christine

The Knutty Knitters who hit the headlines in December by knitting a life-sized ‘Knitivity’ scene in memory of a friend, have presented their chosen charity with the proceeds from the project in a very unique way.Christine WalshKnutty knitters

The group of six women, former staff members at St Teresa’s Primary, raised £7,700 for local charity St Peter’s Hospice, which cared for their friend Christine Walsh, below, when she passed away in December 2011.

In true Knutty Knitters style the cheque was no ordinary cheque but a knitted one, which they presented to St Peter’s Hospice CEO Simon Caraffi, right.

The group, made up of Alison Spurrell, Jean Richards, Anne Iles, Eileen Agnew, Pat Dardis and Julia Worth raised the funds by taking the ‘Knitivity’ on tour around Bristol making stops at local schools, shops, churches and the hospice.

Knutty Knitter Alison Spurrell said: "The ‘Knitivity’ was extremely popular and the response we received was absolutely unbelievable. The public loved the figures and donated generously when they heard why we were raising money. Children were particularly excited and enjoyed recalling their own nativities.

"Christine was a founding member of the Knutty Knitters so when she died we wanted to do something to help the hospice which made a very difficult time a lot more bearable for both Christine and her family.

"The final amount is great and we’re all really proud of ourselves. It was a lot of work but so worthwhile to be helping a local cause which means so much to us. We hope to create more figures for next year and take it on tour again!"

Christine died of Bowel cancer on 20 December 2011 at St Peter’s Hospice in Brentry.

She previously used the day hospice facilities before spending the last days of her life at the hospice.

St Peter’s Hospice is Bristol’s only adult hospice. Services are provided free of charge, but the NHS contribute just 23% of the £6.5 million needed to run the hospice yearly, meaning support from the public is essential.

Last year the hospice cared for 2,675 patients and supported over 6,000 family members including children.

Petra Littlefair, community fundraiser at St Peter’s Hospice, said: "The amount of time and effort these ladies have put into this project is phenomenal and we couldn’t be more grateful."

For more information about St Peter’s Hospice and the Knutty Knitters please visit www.stpetershospice.org

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