Christian disability charity appeals for knitted flowers

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A national Christian charity is appealing for knitters in Norwich to help them to raise vital funds.

Livability, which helps people living with disabilities, is asking people to starting clicking their knitting needles together to make woollen flowers and small animals as part of a new project.

The charity is constructing an ambitious knitted 'flower pergola', which they aim to be constructed entirely from yarn pieces sewn together with help from the local community.

It has been designed to feature hundreds of brightly-coloured handmade crocheted and knitted flowers, as well as small creatures and leaves.

They will then be attached to a three-metre-tall base layer made up of knitted squares on a wooden frame structure.

The pergola frame layer will feature various shades of brown yarn in a double knitted garter stitch, but while the base must appear fairly uniform, volunteers have been asked to be creative when it comes to decorating it with flowers and animals.

Contributions can be made after August 6th at The Forum in Norwich, which, come next Easter, will display the finished pergola.

The crafty project aims to raise money for residential care home John Grooms Court on Sprowston Road, which is currently home to 29 young disabled adults.

It is operated by Livability, which works with adults and children with physical and learning disabilities, actively campaigning for change and helping people to lead full, independent and happy lives.

It aims to promote choice, opportunity and control and is keen to involve the community in its fundraising projects.

Commenting on the plans, Ann Meijer, whose daughter lives at John Grooms Court, where she also fundraises, said: "We hope that many people will want to get involved in this new challenge.

"The funds we raise will make a real difference to the lives of local people with disabilities."

She explained that those involved hope that the project would be equally as successful as a similar stunt they ran three years ago, which involved making a knitted Christmas tree using donated woollen pieces.

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