Basingstoke Big Knit makes 350 charity squares

Basingstoke Big Knit makes 350 charity squares

There's nothing that brings a community together quite like a charity knitting day.

The opportunity to unite both old and young in a crafty pursuit all in the aid of a good cause can be great fun and also very effective in raising money.

Over in Basingstoke, keen knitters have been putting their skills to good use by joining in the Big Knit.

Some 75 craft enthusiasts headed to Festival Place this week to take on the challenge to raise money for the town's St Michael's Hospice.

Basingstoke Gazette reports that women from teenagers to ladies in their 70s spent the day knitting and managed to make an impressive 350 woollen squares for charity.

Commenting on the day, Jenny Crawford of the Basingstoke Knit and Natter group, who co-organised the event, said it was hugely successful and more than reached its target.

Mrs Crawford said: "We just wanted to do something to raise awareness of knitting and to raise money for a local charity, and this was a really fun way to do just that."

She went on to say that they chose to help the local charity and are looking forward to sewing the squares together to make five knee blankets for the people are being treated there and then delivering them to the hospice.

Mrs Crawford said that it was an enjoyable day for everyone involved and added "knitting is something everyone can learn, and it's really very therapeutic, and good for relieving stress".

As well as making the blankets the group amassed plenty of donations from passers-by who contributed to the collection boxes nearby.

Even the borough mayor councillor Dan Putty and his mayoress wife Julie Putty decided to make an appearance at the charity event and lend their support.

The couple spent a couple of hours with the knitters and even made a woollen square of their own to help towards this important cause.

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