Knutty Knitters top £40,000

February 28 2014

SIX local women have handed over an 86-inch knitted cheque, displaying an astounding £40,900 they raised for St Peter's Hospice following a successful Christmas campaign in memory of a close friend.

SIX local women have handed over an 86-inch knitted cheque, displaying an astounding £40,900 they raised for St Peter's Hospice following a successful Christmas campaign in memory of a close friend.
The Knutty Knitters exhibited their life-sized knitted 'Knitivity' - which was created in 2012 in memory of Christine Walsh - at several venues across Bristol.
The women, who all met whilst working at St Teresa's Catholic Primary School in Horfield, decided to donate the money to St Peter's Hospice as it is where Christine, who was diagnosed with bowel cancer, spent her last days in December 2011.
The group of women, which includes Alison Spurrell, Jean Richards, Anne Iles, Eileen Agnew, Pat Dardis and Julia Worth, also launched their very own Christmas cards, which were the best-selling cards in the history of St Peter’s Hospice.
Alison Spurrell, said: "Last year we raised £7700 for the hospice and the ‘Knitivity’ was such a success that we decided to do it again this year.
"The response we received was absolutely unbelievable with national media coverage and a final total beyond our wildest dreams.
"It’s still not sunk in how much we raised and how positively people responded to it. We put in a lot of hard work and it’s amazing to see it pay off."
She added: "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.
"This year we added new characters to the scene including a camel, a donkey and an angel, all of which went down really well with children on the tour.
"We’re already plotting what we can do for this Christmas to make an even bigger splash and raise more much needed funds for a wonderful Bristol charity."
As Bristol’s only adult hospice, the charity cares for more than 2,670 patients each year, as well as supporting family members.
Petra Littlefair, community fundraiser at St Peter’s Hospice, said: "The success of the Knutty Knitters is just amazing and I’d just like to say a huge thank you to the ladies for their unbelievable support and the hard work they’ve put in to raise money and awareness for us.
"The knitters go to show how unique fundraising ideas like this make all the difference and allow us to continue caring for people with life-limiting illnesses, like Christine, in Bristol."
For more information about St Peter’s Hospice and the Knutty Knitters please visit: www.stpetershospice.org

Knutty Knitters handing over cheque