Knitted cake to celebrate raising £100,000 for hospice

February 29 2016
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Knitted cake to celebrate raising £100,000 for hospice

THE infamous Knutty Knitters, who caused a media storm with their lifesized knitted nativity scene, have out done themselves this year with a special knitted cake, in celebration of hitting their £100,000 fundraising total.

The group of six women from Bristol dubbed ‘The Knutty Knitters’, began fundraising for local charity St Peter’s Hospice three years ago and have since reached the sixfigure total through a series of wacky fundraisers.

The ladies first hit the headlines after creating their special ‘knitivity’ scene, which they now tour around Bristol and which has appeared on Christmas cards, raising money for the hospice.

Appearing on BBC’s ‘The One Show’ and in ‘Hello’ magazine, the Knutty Knitter’s efforts are in memory of a dear friend Christine who was cared for by St Peter’s Hospice.

Knutty Knitter Alison Spurrell said: “It is absolutely unbelievable how much we have managed to raise in the past few years. None of us can quite believe it! What started as a nice idea to remember our friend Christine, has turned into a bit of a phenomenon and we couldn’t be prouder!

“The Knitivity has been featured on a special St Peter’s Hospice Christmas card, which has been their best ever seller and hundreds of people come out to see us on our tour. We wanted to make the cake as a way to celebrate the £100,000 mark, something we never thought we would achieve. St Peter’s Hospice cared so wonderfully for our friend Christine at the end of her life. Although the tour is great fun for us, we want to raise as much as possible for this amazing charity.”

The knitters, made up of Alison, Jean Richards, Anne Iles, Eileen Agnew, Pat Dardis and Julia Worth, all worked together at St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School in Horfield and started knitting together in their spare time.

When founding member of the Knutty Knitters, Christine, died of bowel cancer at St Peter’s Hospice in December 2011 the group decided to raise money in her memory.

St Peter’s Hospice CEO Simon Caraffi said: “The Knutty Knitters made a big impact when they first showed their amazing lifesize Knitivity but I don’t think anyone quite expected the response from the public to be so warm.

“All of us at St Peter’s are very proud of their achievement and I want to thank them personally for their dedication and funloving, joyful, approach which has always made it very enjoyable to work with them.”

St Peter’s Hospice community fundraiser, Petra Littlefair, said: “The Knutty Knitters have been fantastic fundraisers for us and we’re so proud of them for reaching £100,000!

“Fundraising like this means so much to us at the hospice and means we can continue caring for our patients and their families when they need us.”